Rachel Manley

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Rachel Manley is a Jamaican writer in verse and prose, born in Cornwall, England,[1] raised in Jamaica and currently residing in Canada. She is a daughter of former Jamaican Prime Minister Michael Manley. She edited Edna Manley's diaries, which were published in 1989.[2] She won the Governor General's Award for English language non-fiction in 1997 for her memoir Drumblair: Memories of a Jamaican Childhood.[3][4] She has since published more memoirs and some volumes of verse. Her other biographical works include Horses in Her Hair: A Granddaughter's Story (2008), In My Father's Shade (2004), and Slipstream (2000).[5]

She published her debut novel, The Black Peacock, in 2017.[6] The book was a shortlisted finalist for the 2018 amazon.ca First Novel Award.[7]


  1. ^ "Biography from rachelmanley.com". Retrieved 30 September 2014. 
  2. ^ Edna Manley: the Diaries, edited by Rachel Manley. London: André Deutsch, 1989, ISBN 0-233-98427-5.
  3. ^ Anthony Boxill, "A Well-Managed Narrative" (review of Drumblair) Archived 6 October 2014 at the Wayback Machine., Canadian Literature #164 (Spring 2000), (Atwood, Davis, Klein & Multiculturalism), pp. 162-164. Canadian Literature, 8 December 2011. Retrieved 17 June 2012.
  4. ^ Drumblair: Memories of a Jamaican Childhood, Kingston: Ian Randle, 1996. ISBN 976-8100-98-2.
  5. ^ Author page at Amazon.
  6. ^ "Reviews: The Black Peacock, by Rachel Manley". Quill & Quire, December 2017.
  7. ^ "Sharon Bala, Omar El Akkad among finalists for $40K Amazon.ca First Novel Award". CBC Books, April 28, 2018.