Colin Babb author

Hansib Publications


Hansib books

Hansib publications was founded in 1970 by Guyana-born Arif Ali following the sale of his north London-based West Indian food business.

Arif had no formal experience in publishing. However, after migrating to Britain, he recognised among his fellow travellers and contemporaries an epic sensibility, which the mainstream media either ignored or failed to recognise.

Hansib’s first title was the monthly West Indian Digest magazine. It soon expanded its publishing activities and produced newspapers, magazines and periodicals for Britain’s Caribbean, Asian and African communities. These included the Caribbean Times and West Indian World.

Hansib’s role as curator of legends and anecdotes which populate the 500-year Caribbean odyssey, has led to the publication of biographies, memoirs, poetry and prose compilations, historical tracts, novels and an acclaimed series of coffee table books.  

Arif Ali and Colin Babb

Arif Ali and Colin Babb

With a growing network of distributors and sales outlets, Hansib books are available in bookshops, libraries and centres of learning. They are also available from online booksellers including Amazon and Waterstones. 

Hansib is proud of its reputation in providing an outlet for voices that remain unheard. It continues to encourage personal narratives that are testimonies of struggle, survival and success.

Hansib website.

Guyana Speaks – Celebrating 50 years of Hansib Publications and Arif Ali.

Arif Ali and Colin Babb at The Oval.