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.
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We Wish You a Merry Christmas
Enjoy a family Christmas singalong with Baroness Floella Benjamin, including favourites such as ‘We Wish you a Merry Christmas’, ‘Jingle Bells’ and ‘Ding Dong Merrily on High’!This stunning gift book features 15 familiar Christmas songs to enjoy and has sturdy tabs, making it easy to find your favourite. You can also learn about Floella’s own Christmas memories and traditions, and join her in some festive fun with every song. Vibrantly illustrated by award-winning illustrator Lydia Monks, best known for the What the Ladybird Heard series of books, and with an accompanying CD of songs all sung by BBC Play School star and national treasure Floella herself, this is the perfect Christmas gift for young children. The songs are also available as a separate audio download.