Review – Lenny Henry by Maria Isabel Sanchez Vegara
I grew up when Lenny Henry was on TV a lot and thought I knew a bit about him. However this short biography which spanned from his childhood to present day covered all the salient highlights and introduced me to interesting facts that I didn’t know. The illustrations were very generic and Lenny looked different thorough out the ages, which was different I guess.
Anyway back to the man himself. England was overtly racist in the 1970’s and has become less so (overt) over time. Thus it was an obvious starting point for me that Lenny was bullied by racists at school and used his humour to deflect. I know Lenny for his tv shows, adverts and past marriage to another comic. I did not know that he co-founded Comic Relief, Red Nose Day and what he’s given back to the community. Nor was I aware that he was writer.
Where have I been? Clearly oblivious to this man’s achievements and accomplishments!
While short on pages (17) it isn’t short on facts or relevant information. The short biographical timeline at the end was a bonus. “Lenny Henry” is perfect for casual fans or those who might want to introduce Sir Lenny Henry to a younger audience.
PS Thanks for the referral to You Can Do Anything Tyrone!, which is a good book not just for the representation.
My thanks to NetGalley and publisher for a digital copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
3 Stars - Liked It