Sunday, November 20, 2016

"Wogamatter": Powerful New Memoir Cuts to Core of Racial Discrimination Epidemic. Hailed “Amazing” by Critics

Esther Lawson
Austin Macauley Publishers Ltd

United Kingdom – Acceptance; it’s the eternal struggle of every individual and for humanity itself. No matter how confident, loved and successful people feel, everyone on the planet remains in an eternal struggle to ultimately be accepted by those around them. However, it’s a topic rarely laid bare and unravelled in the world literature.
…but that’s exactly what Esther Lawson does in her poignant and thought-provoking new memoir. ‘Wogamatter’ zeroes in on the ongoing issue of racial discrimination. The narrative is 100% true and, while set five decades ago, is still relevant to today’s society riddled by rampant discord.
Wogamatter by Esther Lawson is a compelling tale of a small mixed-race girl, growing up in post-war Britain, and her experiences of racism in all its forms from all quarters of society. A sad story, but one with a real moral at its heart, no reader will fail to be moved by the author's account of her life as a young child and developing teenager. Wogamatter is recounted through the eyes of a child, allowing the reader to feel keenly the bewilderment and confusion of someone persecuted for the way they look. The early narrative throws the naive optimism of a young child into sharp contrast with the abject misery she is subjected to. We are born into the Human Race, however there are no guarantees that you will be accepted; to obtain acceptance is a fight against an automatic classification of colour, rendering you as second class to our counterparts. No law in nature demanded any difference, we are all one.
“I suppose this book breaks new ground by focusing on a topic most conveniently choose to sweep under the rug – the issue of judging someone wholly on the way they look,” explains the author, who is passionate about human rights and cultural sensitivity. “And it isn’t fiction either, but the true account of a family whose life has been made so much harder simply because of their skin colour. I’m ashamed to admit, but it’s a problem still thriving on every street and in every community in the country.”
Continuing, “Feedback from readers has been overwhelmingly positive, with many embracing the emotive and probing nature of the book. Indeed, I hope it inspires them to turn the last page and reconsider many aspects of their own life.”
Lawson is correct – reviews have been glowing. For example, one Amazon customer comments, “Fantastic book, enjoyable read and was totally engrossed!! When reading this book it felt like I was shadowing her every step of the way encountering her emotional and joyous journey through her life. She is a very courageous woman in dealing with everything that was thrown her way and her family's from the tender age of 3, (a baby in my eyes) to a young adult. Certainly opens your eyes to racism back then and which still continues today. Can't wait to read her next book.”
Julie Larman adds, “How beautifully it has been written ..I couldn't put it down ... I read it in one evening .. Fab! Esther made you feel you were with her on her whole journey Right from a baby up to a young woman ..I was sad, happy , angry and elated, she had you feeling so many emotions and made you feel you were with her in her painful journey throughout the whole book ... I didn't want it to end It's made me want to know more where her life has gone”

‘Wogamatter’, from Austin Macauley Publishers Ltd, is available now:
Publisher’s official website:

About the author, in her own words:
I have always had a passion for setting myself goals in life, something to strive for, something to achieve against all the odds, most of my life has been against the odds. I love problem solving and enjoy helping anyone who may need my help. I have a great love and passion for creating food from around the world, I believe that could have been another path in life for me to be a chef and own a restaurant. My love of history still remains with me today, and buildings, very old buildings still hold such an interest to me. I live in a very old Victorian house built in 1837, the moment I entered the building I fell in love with it and knew straight away this is my home, I feel honoured and very lucky as it is a listed building, it's very cold in the winter months but a small price to pay for the privilege to once again be part of history.

Comments by email:

1) Looks like a ‘must read’ – will order ASAP Mike [Michael S. Wright]

2) ...ordered!  By the way. I have just got back from India and catching up with the BBC series
David Olusoga, presenter and historian has brought to attention many facts that I have never been aware of. This series is a ‘must view’!  Please remind others!
Kind regards  Mike [Michael S. Wright]

3) Dear Bill. I would just like to say thank you for your posting, very appreciated. Yours Sincerely  Esther Lawson

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