My Father's House: In Search of a Lost Past
In 1995 Matthew Carr returned to Guyana in the Caribbean, where his parents' marriage had broken up nearly thirty years before, in order to investigate the mysterious death of his father Bill Carr in 1991.
A popular and charismatic English lecturer, a lover of DH Lawrence, Shakespeare and Matthew Arnold, and a left-wing political activist with a strong public presence in West Indian politics, Bill Carr was also a violent alcoholic who beat his wife and children, and whose alcohol-induced mayhem forced his family to return to England without him in 1967.
Alternating between meetings with his father's friends, colleagues, enemies and family members, Carr sets out to answer these questions and reconcile their memories with those of his family.
The result is a striking combination of family history, travelogue, and colonial history that recalls Malcolm Lowry, Graham Greene and Joseph Conrad.
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About the Author
Matt Carr has been a freelance print and radio journalist since the early 1980s. He has written for a range of newspapers, journals and magazines including Esquire, the New York Times, History Today, The Observer, Marie Claire, Daily Telegraph, The Guardian, Geographical Magazine and Le Point. His books include Blood and Faith: the Purging of Muslim Spain; The Infernal Machine: a History of Terrorism, and Fortress Europe: Dispatches from a Gated Continent