Alex Renton

Blood Legacy

Wigtown Parish Church
In person event
Fri 1 Oct
14:00 UK

Selected as a Best Book of 2021 by the Evening Standard

Through the story of his family’s history as slave and plantation owners, Renton looks at the political, economic, and moral inheritance that was passed on to both the descendants of slave owners and the descendants of the enslaved, asking how the former can make reparations for the past. For when British Caribbean slavery was abolished across most of the Empire, it was not the newly liberated who were compensated, but the enslavers, many of whom became phenomenally wealthy. With the call, now, to pay trillions of dollars for the damage done by slavery, this is the moment to reflect on a history of abuse and exploitation.

About the author: Alex Renton is an award-winning, campaigning journalist working on poverty, development, the environment, food culture and food policy. His previous book was Stiff Upper Lip.

Blood Legacy is available from the Wigtown Book Festival shop HERE

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