The life of C.L.R. James is one of the great untold stories in British history and politics. His name lives on in libraries and university archives, but his true importance is largely forgotten. It's a hidden history in urgent need of telling, for if black Britain has had a presiding genius, it is C.L.R. James.
So many of the ideas we take for granted now - of the importance of identity and culture - start with his work. James was an intellectual giant whose influence stretched across the 20th century and into the 21st. He was a man who debated with Trotsky, was published by Virginia Woolf, who inspired Kwame Nkrumah, and was a profound influence on Stuart Hall and Linton Kwesi Johnson. And along the way he also wrote the greatest of all cricket books. C. L. R. James: A Life Beyond the Boundaries offers a revealing and insightful look into the untold life of one of the greatest pioneering literary figures of the 20th century.