1973 and Me

1973 and Me is about my life as a young schoolboy born into a Caribbean family in 1970s Britain alongside a string of events which happened that year. These include the 1973 West Indies cricket tour of England captained by Rohan Kanhai.

1973 and Me is my third book for Hansib publications.

In the summer of 1973, could the West Indies erase the disappointment of their previous England tour in 1969? Could they produce a rewarding experience for thousands of Caribbean migrants in Britain and their British born descendants?

1973 and Me outlines the significance of this tour for the Caribbean diaspora and others in Britain. 

1973 and Me reveals why 1973 was a landmark year for many of the contributors to the book. It also reflects on patterns of Caribbean migration to UK, wider perspectives on comedy, 1970s football, history, identity, music and shared family experiences of watching television in 1970s Britain.

This is all revealed with a fascinating collection of memorable events and interplay with the 1973 West Indies tour.  

1973 and Me has been described as revealing ‘a beautiful talent for immersing the reader into history, allowing them to feel and share the journey of our pasts’.

Dennis Amiss, Clyde Best, Dickie Bird, Keith Fletcher, Maurice Foster, Lance Gibbs, Colin Grant, Frank Hayes, Ron Headley, Vanburn Holder, Alvin Kallicharan, Simon Lister, Professor Joe Moran, Deryck Murray, Joseph ‘Reds’ Perreira and Professor Clem Seecharan are some of the contributors who shared their memories, opinions and stories for 1973 and Me.

Copies of 1973 and Me are available now!

1973 and Me news update.

Radio, podcasts and video

On Early Mornings show with Barry Nicholls, ABC Radio Perth, Australia.

With Karen Gabay for BBC Sounds (part one).

With Karen Gabay for BBC Sounds (part two). 

With David Brook on Guerilla Cricket (from 02’07”).

With James Buttler on the Cricket Badger podcast.

With Andrew Mizner on The Broken Wicket podcast (part one from 13’02”).

With Andrew Mizner on The Broken Wicket podcast (part two from 45’46”).

With Ribeka Seyoum on Riverside Radio (from 27’53”).

With Anthony Joseph on the Lifestyle Show TV (from 5’25”).

Reviews, articles and more

1973 and Me review by Annie Chave in The Cricketer magazine.

1973 and Me review by John Stevenson for The Gleaner, Jamaica.

1973 and Me review by Martin Chandler for cricketweb.net.

Colin Babb relives a memorable year by Darell J Philip in The Voice newspaper.

1973 and Me: Black History Month 2020.

Guyana Speaks/Wandsworth Art on Colin Babb, 1973 and Me, and the UK Guyanese diaspora.

1973 and Me: Connecting cricket and Caribbean culture, Wandsworth Times, London.

1973 and Me: Three part serialisation in the South London Press.

My article about 1973 and Me and more for Vox Cricket (page 27/28).

Norfolk Cricket Society news about 1973 and Me.

Guyanese Online news about 1973 and Me.

Tooting Newsie Instagram and 1973 and Me.

African Caribbean Cricket Association (ACCA).