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43 Critchley Here I am, struggling to make sense at the University of the West Indies, in Barbados, speaking about some book of mine that the people who invited me wanted to discuss. I am doing my best, which is not that good. I am asked a question, a rather long and ponderous question about the relation of my work to Christianity. Inwardly, I sigh. The man who asks the question is then introduced as Dean Critchley, a black Barbadian. I begin to dissolve inwardly. Critchley is obviously this man’s slave name. Now, Critchley is a place name, and a relatively small place name, from Lancashire, the corner of some hamlet between Bolton and Preston. It is therefore highly likely that one of my ancestors or near ancestors was a plantation owner or some minion in Barbados. The room begins to fill with blood. ...


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