Don Warrington reads Sam Selvon's 1950's classic about the lives of a group of Caribbean immigrants in London
Episode 5: As summer comes to the city, Moses's friend Harris organises a dance, and Moses contemplates his life after ten years in London.
Sam Selvon's rich and touching 1956 novel describes how Moses and his friends of the Windrush generation go about making new lives for themselves with vigour and panache, navigating the rules and regulations of their new home, lending support to each other when needed, learning to survive; it's not long before, as Moses puts it, 'the boys coming and going, working, eating, sleeping, going about the vast metropolis like veteran Londoners.'
The Lonely Londoners will be broadcast the week before Colin MacInnes' vibrant novel about London, Absolute Beginners, set just a couple of years later as racial tensions rise; together the two books offer an unforgettable portrait of a city and a society undergoing convulsive change.
Reader: Don Warrington
Abridged by Lauris Morgan-Griffiths
Producer: Sara Davies.