“White Frock & Coals Dust’’ is the debut publication of Grenadian journalist, Lincoln Toro Depradine.
The main setting of “White Frock & Coals Dust’’ is The Wharf/Carenage community in Grenada, where Depradine grew up liming and participating in sports and culture as a member of Angel Harps and Panasonic Steel Orchestras and Carenage United Sports Club. He also was a limbo dancer, something he learnt from his cousin, Kenrick Malutt Depradine, one of the greatest – if not the greatest – limbo dancer of the Caribbean.
“White Frock & Coals Dust,’’ which is primarily social history and an exploration of social life, chronicles some of the stories of people and events that have occurred in Grenada, Trinidad, Aruba and Kenya.
The characters include ordinary men and women – people like Grubay Renwick, panman George Croney and Muffin – who gave meaning to their lives through sports, culture and community gatherings. There are also references to prominent historical figures such as T.A. Marryshow, Sir Eric Gairy, Herbert Blaize, Maurice Bishop, Rosie Douglas, Jomo Kenyatta, Eric Williams and Buzz Butler.
“White Frock & Coals Dust’’ is designed to both entertain and educate.