Godfrey Smith Pens Biography of Jamaica’s 4th PM

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Updated: June 13, 2016

Former Government Minister and Attorney General, Godfrey Smith had won the Bocas Literary Prize in 2012 for the best work in non-fiction when he wrote the biography, George Price: A Life Revealed.  The former politician who still practices law has been busy penning his second book which is due to be published by the 25-year-old company, Ian Randle Publishers of Kingston, Jamaica.  Smith’s second book is the biography of Michael Norman Manley, former Jamaican politician who served as the country’s fourth Prime Minister of Jamaica for the period, 1972 – 1980 and 1989 – 1992.  According to the Jamaican Gleaner, Smith draws from Manley’s letters to and from close confidants and from interviews with more than thirty subjects ranging from Jamaica, Cuba, the US and the UK, among other nations.  The publication wrote, quote, “With his signature strong narration and fluid writing, Smith presents a detailed, yet engaging exploration of Michael Manley’s life and career. From his relationships with his parents, his children, and with women, to his trade union and political careers and the bitter antipathy with political rivals, no aspect of Manley’s life is left unexamined.”  End of quote.  The book will be published in July 2016.