I know quite a bit about the war years (~1915-50) in Britain, but I learned more reading this book that covers the experience of Jamaican British immigrants and soldiers during and after WWII. The most surprising historical information I got was how Britain coped with Yankee soldiers expecting Brits to enforce "Jim Crow" segregation in the small towns in which they were stationed. Britain didn't have segregation before that and many local townspeople, while they didn't exactly think of black Brits as "one of ours," still felt it was uncivilized to segregate. But the American soldiers were adamant and this caused tension and fights. Regardless of the treatment they received, many Jamaican soldiers, once demobbed home, realized that there wasn't much for them in their home country and returned to England to seek a better life, only to find that prejudice was stronger after the war. Tight storytelling told from several perspectives. The author is able to successfully inhabit the minds of characters ranging from a conservative white soldier, to a Jamaican woman proud of her schooling, to an easy-going Jamaican man trying to navigate an unfamiliar and hostile environment. It's easy to sympathize with them all.