“And” by Isabel Adonis

“And: a memoir of my mother” by Isabel Adonis.

Simultaneously personal and universal, and told in the rhythms of an oral story, this beautifully musical and multi-layered book examines the divisiveness of colour, alienation, the impact of colonialism on social culture, and what it means to be ‘mixed’.

Isabel Adonis was born in London in 1951, to Welshwoman Catherine Alice Hughes, and renowned Guyanese artist Denis Williams, whose work has been exhibited in the Tate Gallery.

Growing up in London, Sudan and Wales, with a cold and distant father and an isolated mother, Adonis explores the nature of identity, culture and desire as shaped by her childhood impressions of her parents.

An essential read that portrays an important aspect of the culturally diverse social fabric of Wales and the wider world.

Review by Paul Theroux

  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Black Bee Books Ltd. (27 Sept. 2022)
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1913853101
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1913853105