This is an unrivalled storehouse of information about one of the twentieth century's most important revolutionaries. John Williams' sparkling biography counterpoints understanding of James' ideas with a richly-detailed account of his itinerant life and times
This is a passionate, timely and challenging portrait. CLR James was decades ahead of his time in challenging our thoughts about empire, colonialism, black history and, not least, in writing brilliantly about cricket. He finally has the biography his extraordinary influence deserves
As John Williams states at the beginning of his absorbing biography, CLR James may have been born in the Victorian age but he belongs very much to ours . . . [The book] may be a single biography, but it describes multiple lives.
A genius, a seducer . . . the firebrand author, historian and critic was a complex, fragile human being, as John L Williams's biography reveals.
A fascinating biography
John L Williams's exciting and briskly written biography, CLR James: A Life Beyond the Boundaries, offers the perfect introduction to this titan of 20th-century politics and culture
CLR James: A Life Beyond the Boundaries . . . is the full-scale, scrupulously researched, admiring but clear-eyed biography of the T&T intellectual icon that Caribbean readers have awaited for decades
It's a testament to this generous biography that the idiosyncratic personality of the great silver-tongued enthusiast comes shining through.
C. L. R. 's life has been chronicled many times in film, memoirs and biographies. This one . . . should rank as definitive.
CLR James: John L. Williams in conversation with Farrukh Dhondy
Burley Fisher Books
5th May 2022
John Williams will be in conversation with writer and activist Farrukh Dhondy, who knew James. Excerpts from Mike Dibb's famous TV documentaries made with James (Beyond a Boundary, and In Conversation with Stuart Hall) will be screened.