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What Are You Doing Here? Floella Benjamin

What Are You Doing Here? By Floella Benjamin

What Are You Doing Here? by Floella Benjamin

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A moving, powerful autobiography from an inspirational woman, one of the Windrush generation who became a member of the House of Lords.

What Are You Doing Here? Summary

What Are You Doing Here?: My Autobiography by Floella Benjamin

Winner at the 2022 Parlimentary Book Awards

Baroness Floella Benjamin is an inspiration, an actress and much-loved children's television presenter who is a member of the House of Lords. But how did the girl from Trinidad end up lunching with the Queen?

In What Are You Doing Here? Floella describes arriving in London as a child, part of the Windrush generation, and the pain caused by the racism she encountered every day. It was offset by the love of her parents, who gave her the pride in her heritage, self-belief and confidence that have carried her through life. From winning a role in groundbreaking musical Hair (while clearly stating she would not take her clothes off) to breaking down barriers on Play School, from refusing to be typecast in roles to speaking out for diversity at the BBC and BAFTA, she has remained true to herself.

She also reveals how she met husband Keith, became a mother of two, was befriended by Kenneth Williams, hugged President Obama, and found a purpose that would underpin everything she did - campaigning for the needs of children. Sharing the lessons she has learned, imbued with her joy and positivity, this autobiography is the moving testimony of a remarkable woman.

About Floella Benjamin

Floella Benjamin was born on the Caribbean island of Trinidad in 1949, and came to England in 1960 as part of the Windrush generation. She has enjoyed a successful career as a children's presenter, best known for the iconic BBC TV programmes Play School and Play Away, and has also worked as an actress, writer, producer, working peer and an active advocate for the welfare and education of children. Her broadcasting work has been recognized with a Special Lifetime Achievement BAFTA and an OBE. She was appointed a Baroness in the House of Lords in 2010 and a Dame in the 2020 New Year Honours list, and is the Chair of the Windrush Commemoration Committee. What Are You Doing Here? is her first adult autobiography, after previously writing her classic memoir Coming to England and acclaimed My Two Grannies.

In 2022, it was one of Her Majesty the Queen's last wishes to appoint Floella the prestigious Order of Merit, which is held by only twenty-four people. Floella is the first Caribbean person to receive the order, but she is sure she won't be the last.

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What Are You Doing Here?: My Autobiography by Floella Benjamin
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Pan Macmillan
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