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The Necktie Man: The young Windrush emigree who became a working-class hero. Journeyed in innocence to destiny itself; union man turned senator.

This autobiography by Navel (Neville) Foster Clarke, neatly titled ‘The Necktie Man,’ is the illuminating story of a young black man who sailed to Britain from Jamaica in 1955 on the now legendary SS Castle Verde, an Italian registered vessel to start a new life. In his own words he described the event as "perhaps not a good idea, especially for a teenager. My limited life experiences and the unknown expectations of the future created bewilderment of an unimaginable dimension. The journey to a country so far from home took great courage and commitment to overcome the challenges as they arose." They certainly did, as this expose of the time by Clarke recounts.


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‘The Necktie Man’ (ISBN 9789768309013) by Navel (Neville) Clarke is published by Pelican Publishers, Jamaica, and is available at Amazon in paperback and Kindle, RRP £18.17, and is also in eBook format at RRP £7.29. Details at: