What Are You Doing Here?: My Autobiography – Signed Copy

Floella Benjamin

ISBN: 9781529071054S


Signed hardback copy of What Are You Doing Here? My Autobiography by Baroness Floella Benjamin.

First Edition, First Printing.

Hand signed by Baroness Floella Benjamin to the title page.

NB This title is due to be released on 23rd June 2022. All pre-orders will be dispatched on or around publication.

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The engrossing, inspiring and brilliantly told story of one of the country’s most beloved entertainers, What Are You Doing Here? traces Floella Benjamin’s journey from her childhood arrival in Britain from the Caribbean to her status as queen of children’s television and subsequent damehood and peerage.


Floella Benjamin was the little girl from the Caribbean who became a British household name, and along the way received some of the highest accolades around – including a BAFTA Special Lifetime Achievement Award and a Damehood – and became a Peer in the House of Lords.

Born in Trinidad, she came to England in 1960 with her family as part of the Windrush generation. She was shocked to find a cold and unwelcoming Britain, her first and by no means her last experience of racism. Benjamin quickly realized that if she was going to survive, she had to learn how to live in two cultures. Forced to leave school at sixteen, she resolved to become Britain’s first Black woman bank manager, but a successful audition for a national musical put her on the path to a decades-spanning career in entertainment.

From Play School to pantomime, television documentaries and singing with orchestras all over the world, Floella’s entertainment work was only one string to her bow. Over the last thirty years, she has dedicated herself to charitable causes, lobbying prime ministers on behalf of children, building her Touching Success foundation, and advocating for more representation across the media.

Benjamin also set up her own television company, was the Chancellor of the University of Exeter for a decade, and ran ten London Marathons for Barnardos. A natural storyteller, What Are You Doing Here? is her incredibly moving and honest account of her remarkable life and her refusal to be defined by others.

Further Information

Format Hardback
Publisher Pan Macmillan
Published 23/06/2022
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