Escape To An Autumn Pavement, by Jamaican writer Andrew Salkey, was first published in 1960, and republished in 2009 with a foreword by Thomas Glave. It was republished last year by Peepal Tree Press, and is part of their Modern Caribbean Classics.
Escape To An Autumn Pavement is a pioneering piece of work that deals with sexual identity. It tells the story of Johnnie Sobert, a Jamaican exile working in London (England) at a club that caters to black American servicemen. The 1960s are a time of change in Britain, with the growing presence of blacks and Asians in the neighbourhoods, but it’s also a time for Johnnie – a man divided – to gain self-awareness and decide if he will live with the person that he really is.