Out 5th March 2024 for 'World Book Day'
An educational book to celebrate the Windrush Generation
A New Life, a heart-warming picture story celebrating the hope, courage, and determination of the Windrush generation. Scheduled for release on Tuesday, March 5, 2024, for World Book Day. Sharlene-Monique navigates the loss of her grand-parents by sharing their inspiring journey in A New Life. The book recounts the true story of Winston and Mavis, who, in 1958, embarked on a courageous journey from Jamaica to London, laying the foundation for a new life for their family.
The experiences of their great-granddaughter, Tahlia, unfold as a poignant narrative, resonating with young readers aged 3-7. It is made all the more special by the viral TikTok video that captured the spirited dance of Sharlene-Monique's 90-year-old grandparents, viewed over 500,000 times across multiple social media platforms.
A New Life stands as a valuable resource for children, offering insights into the Windrush generation's experiences. It sparks conversations about family stories, resilience, and the passing down of talents and interests through generations. Serlina Boyd, founder of Cocoa magazine, praises the book as "a beautiful picture book that tells the story of the brave arrival of Tahlia’s Great-Grandparents embarking on their new life in Britain. A wonderful read for the whole family."
My Grandparents Story (watch in full screen)
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TikTok video of Winston & Mavis
Viewed over 500,000 times
Reviews From Educators
'A New Life by Sharlene-Monique is a fantastic educational resource and beautiful way to share the history of those from the Windrush generation.
This wonderful book plays a vital role in preserving the legacy of the Windrush for the generations to come'
Farriea Fernandes, KS1/KS2 teacher,
Haseltine Primary School
'A fantastic story following the Windrush hero’s. Perfectly written for EYFS/KS1/KS2 children. “A New Life” is a brilliant educational book for story time'
Kelisha Tuck - KS1/KS2 teacher,
Bessemer Grange Primary School
“A New Life: Tales of the Windrush Generation' is a brilliant book for our young readers, capturing the Windrush generation's journey through the engaging story and vivid illustrations. As a primary school principal, I'm impressed by its ability to both educate and captivate, offering lessons on resilience, diversity, and history in an accessible manner”.
Beverley Trotman, Principal
Hazel Leys Primary school
Listen to Sharlene's song 'Thank You, an Ode to the Windrush Generation
A book that hones in on Sharlene-Monique's intimate thoughts regarding relationships, marriage, friendship and grief to name a few. Sharlene’s ability to encapsulate the many challenges we all face in daily life in a single thought will leave you feeling uplifted, inspired and challenged.
A daily snapshot on how to live a life of purpose, contentment and intention whilst navigating the many challenges life presents us. There are 31 isolated thoughts that you can choose to read daily over 1 month or whenever you feel you need inspiration throughout the year or throughout life!
‘Honest, direct and plainly written, what Sharlene manages to do is give us all hope. She lets us know that we can do it, whilst making it clear that she herself is still on her journey’.
Karen Gibson MBE