Fiction Women of Colour

The Unbelonging

The UnbelongingJoan RileyThe Women’s Press1985

The Unbelonging is a moving story of self-discovery and survival. It tells of an 11 year old girl, who finds herself in a land of strangers with hers the only black face in a sea of white, after being summoned to Britain by the father she has never known.

The Unbelonging is Joan Riley’s debut novel, published in 1985, and it is considered to be the first novel by a woman about the black experience in Britain.

Riley’s subsequent novels are Waiting in the Twilight (London: The Women’s Press, 1987), Romance (London: The Women’s Press, 1988), and A Kindness to the Children (London: The Women’s Press, 1992).