Cambridge is a powerful and haunting novel set in that uneasy time between the abolition of the slave trade and the emancipation of the slaves. It is the story of Emily Cartwright, a young woman sent from England to visit her father's West Indian plantation, and Cambridge, a plantation slave, educated and Christianised by his first master in England and now struggling to maintain his dignity.
A striking novel that pushes you dizzily into another time and place... Reading it is like being in the middle of a vibrant dream
Phillips points up the hypocrisy and humiliation of a society at breaking point; revealing it with subtlety, humour and humanity
Caryl Phillips has proved himself to be among the best and most productive writers of his generation...with Cambridge he takes a firm step towards joining the company of the literary giants of our time
This powerful, seductively readable book, set in a 19th century slave plantation, finally puts the sickening realities of the slave trade firmly on the map
Phillips is a linguistic and cultural virtuoso