The Arms of Britannia by Floella Benjamin


The Arms of Britannia by Floella Benjamin

This is the second part of actress and television presenter Floella Benjamin's autobiography. Four years after arriving in England from Trinidad, Floella has started to make a life for herself in the face of prejudice and discrimination. Being a black teenager in 1960s Britain isn't easy but she overcomes adversity, faces up to a broken friendship and, in her first job, grasps the opportunity to change people's perceptions. And, when a life-changing moment arrives in the shape of an audition for the musical Hair, she instinctively releases the performer within her. It's time to show her worth - to show the world who she really is.


* Few children's books are as enlightening - or as important - as this. Daily Telegraph

About the Author

Floella Benjamin

Floella Benjamin was born in Trinidad in 1949 and came to England in 1960. She is an actress, presenter, writer, producer, working peer and an active advocate for the welfare and education of children. She is best known as a presenter of the iconic BBC children's television programmes Play School and Play Away, and she continues to make children's programmes. Her broadcasting work has been recognized with a Special Lifetime Achievement BAFTA and OBE. She was appointed a Baroness in the House of Lords in 2010. In 2012 she was presented with the prestigious J. M. Barrie Award by Action for Children's Arts, for her lasting contribution to children's lives through her art. Floella has written thirty books, including Coming to England, which is used as a resource in schools in social and cross-curricular areas. The book was adapted into an award-winning film for BBC Education.

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176 pages
Interest Age: 9+


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Publication date

4th October 2010



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