Troubador Feather Your Tingaling

Released: 01/03/2012

eISBN: 9781780889634

Format: eBook

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Feather Your Tingaling


This collection of short stories from the Caribbean and England brings to life characters who are part of Caribbean folklore. Some serious, others delightfully humorous, the characters will remain with the reader for a long time. This book is essential reading for those interested in Caribbean folklore and history.

Who is the ‘brown-skin’ girl, and why does her ‘sailor man’ advise her to stay home and mind baby? Why is eighteen-year-old Helen Wiley’s mother concerned when her daughter is late? After spending a night with Basil Lincoln, why does Lorna Toney feel lucky? When he finds thousands of dollars in a trunk in the mountain, why does Lionel burn the money? As a founding member of The Circuit, an organisation that meets every Saturday night in a small town to the west of London, Cunningham is shocked when new members suggest enlivening proceedings with a stripper. On the way home after school sixteen-year old Caroline Chatoyer bumps into Raymond Pilgrim singing a lewd song at the top of his voice. They meet again at the district sports, become friends, Raymond suggests that she applies to join the prestigious Telfer Grammar School. Is Caroline brave enough, or good enough for Telfer? And finally, when fifteen-year old Melanie loses her aunt’s cutlery in the river, why does her aunt’s boyfriend suggest that she goes and ‘feather her tingaling?’

The stories give a fresh insight into Caribbean life at home and abroad. Even those familiar with Caribbean literature and folklore will find something new and surprising here. The stories are modern and draw on the eclectic mix that define the West Indies.

I have published 3 books, The Moon is Following Me (2010), Feather Your Tingaling (2012), and am about to launch
Cassie P Caribbean PI, the first in a series introducing Cassie Providence, the Caribbean's first female Private Investigator.

A selection of reviews for my books

The Moon is Following Me ‘Browne has a gift for creating memorable and appealing characters and for placing them in unlikely situations.’ Maeve Tynan, Wasafiri

‘Browne delights in making his characters swim against the currents of their lives. He couples this with a deft turn of phrase and an eye for detail that makes otherwise commonplace moments sparkle.’

Ann Morgan, St Vincent & the Grenadines: journeys

Feather Your Tingaling ‘Browne’s use of folklore as a key thematic tool laces each story with an element of other-timeliness as well as contemporaneous relevance.’
Natsayi Sithole, Wasafiri

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Cecil Browne

I was born in St Vincent and the Grenadines and came to England in 1970 to join my parents. I was Head of Maths at a Further Education college in West London for 10 years. A passionate Caribbean man, I love cricket, soca, reggae, in fact all things West Indian. I was a half-marathon runner, I enjoy solving cryptic crosswords, and am passionate about Caribbean history. I am married and we have two daughters, Ama, 33, and Sable, 18. My short story, Coming Off the Long Run was published in So Many Islands, an anthology of writing from the Caribbean, Indian and Pacific, in London in 2018.

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