On his return to Jamaica, Ramsay becomes actively involved in radical nationalist politics, and begins his second journey, away from his middle-class origins and back to an involvement and true appreciation of the Jamaican people.
On its original publication in 1960, The Last Enchantment was remarked on for its penetrating exploration of Jamaican racial politics. This quality is still fresh, but for contemporary readers what will shine from the novel is the sensuous apprehension of the Jamaican landscape and the language of the people.
Neville Dawes was born in Nigeria in 1926 of Jamaican parents, but grew up in rural Sturge Town in Jamaica. He studied for an MA at Oxford (Oriel College) and later taught in Jamaica, Ghana and Guyana.