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Black Cake, Food and Diaspora

Updated: Mar 18

When a family member texted me about a recipe for rum pudding, which many Caribbeans call black cake, it started me thinking. I scribbled some notes about the significance which specific foods can hold from one individual to the next, especially in a multicultural family like mine, where no two people have exactly the same background.

A few years later, I began to write a story about family, identity, longing, love and, of course, cake. The experiences of the fictional family at the heart of the story are particular to their background and yet universal, as in many of the stories which I have loved as a reader. I am delighted to say that the resulting novel Black Cake is slated for publication in 2022 by Penguin Random House/Michael Joseph in the UK and Commonwealth and Penguin Random House/Ballantine in North America. I look forward to sharing it with readers!


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