Yvonne Bailey-Smith was born in Jamaica and immigrated to the UK in 1969 when she was a teenager. She trained and worked first as a social worker before becoming a psychotherapist. She is also a Water Aid Supporter and passionate about providing clean water and sanitation in developing countries.
Her debut novel, The Day I Fell Off My Island, is a coming-of-age story of Erna Mullings, a young Jamaican girl who grows up with her grandparents in the country before eventually migrating to England to join her mother and siblings.
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