A novel by RAYMOND GEORGE WARD
Whilst writing this book I came across a magazine article, about a famous performer and his Net Worth. I was quite astonished at the sum total. But it forced me to ask myself, what’s my Net Worth, and that of my Slave Ancestors? Surely their net worth is priceless.
I then asked myself, what’s our net worth, as a collective, here in the United Kingdom? That single question drove me on. The book reminds us just where we’re coming from, and in order to move forward, we’ll have to re-visit our past and take that monetary aspect, or saving scheme, in every part of the Caribbean, which formed a part of our parents, and our own 2nd generation everyday life while growing up. It has become part of our DNA, and to somehow re-build it here in England, as an above the board financial institution, and use that to change our situation and elevate our status here, where we still seem to be at the behest of everyone else’s negative assumptions, and the like, which some of us still eagerly live up to.
The Curl is about us. Black People, and our potential. Every migrant, wherever they’re from, and decide to finally settle, brings with them a part of their culture, be it food, clothing, customs etc. They then utilise it to their betterment. We are no different, but we’re severely lacking here financially, and the need to look to ourselves for a solution to something which we’ve always had, in every part of Africa and especially the Caribbean, to take us forward into the 22nd Century. I can’t thank my parents, enough, God bless them. I can’t even begin to imagine what they had to go through, but they did their utmost best. Don’t get me wrong, plenty are moving forward in leaps and bounds, already, but it’s about us, our excuses, our laziness, and our comfort zones.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Raymond George Ward, 57, married to my lovely Pam. I’m from the Old School. I’ve been a Dustman, Labourer, Driver and a Carer. I feel privileged to have a Mum and Dad. Discipline and Good Manners were the order of the day. I left school with no qualifications. Mum would give you her last. She taught me my life skills. There was nothing that I couldn’t do as a man child. Work and save, she drummed into me, and it stuck and made sense. I’ll bring my children up the exact same way.
This book is published by Raymond George Publishing in conjunction with WRITERSWORLD, and is produced entirely in the UK. It is available to order from most bookshops in the United Kingdom, and is also globally available via UK-based Internet book retailers.