Island Voices

Philip Nanton
Illustrations by booops
ISBN: 9780957118768
2014, Paperback, £13.00
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Not everything is what it seems on St Christopher & the Barracudas. Guided by Emmanuel “Fish-head” DeFreitas, Chief of Police (Rtd.), Island Voices takes us on a tongue-in-cheek journey into the heart of this imaginary Caribbean island as a cross-section of residents – from coconut-seller to lawyer, radio DJ to librarian – voice their concerns. Author Philip Nanton and artist booops, who are both from St Vincent, dramatise the island’s cultural complexities in a virtuoso display of words and art.

What they are saying about this book

I am a big fan of Philip Nanton’s work. His acuity of voice and vision, his trickster’s intelligence and wit make him one of the freshest poetic voices in the Caribbean.

— Lorna Goodison

Philip Nanton offers us an acoustic mirror in which to contemplate the collective foibles that connect the islands. A vibrant addition to the Caribbean bookshelf.

— John Agard

A pleasure to see the visual parallel of booops’ work against the rhythm of Nanton’s text. The illustrations demonstrate a mature style and individual voice combining text, colour, line, objects, multimedia and assemblage into a distinctive whole.

— Rex Dixon

It is fast-paced, vibrant, and Nanton has an ear for rhythm as well as the nuances of people’s language and mannerisms. Characters are cleverly sketched without being stereotypes; their dialogue is rich with colour.

— Louisa Adjoa Parker, Wasafiri