Journey Back to Freedom


Gustavus Vassa was sometimes known as Michael. He wrote his autobiography as The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano. It detailed his capture by slave traders from his Benin home, when he was a boy. Thereafter, it described the Zong massacre, alongside the cruel and indifferent treatment he experienced and witnessed, as a slave.

However learning to read and write offered Gus an opportunity to determine a future. He wanted to live in London. He wanted the life of a free man. Would he achieve it?

Award-winning writer Catherine Johnson has created an historical narrative of Olaudah’s autobiography that considers his experiences and motivation. The harshness and treachery of his life are agonising. Then again, so are the betrayals. Bookwagon is informed and inspired by Journey Back to Freedom, which we recommend highly to our readers. This is a history that readers need to know.

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Journey Back to Freedom

The Olaudah Equiano Story

Catherine Johnson

(Barrington Stoke)

It’s thanks to Daniel Queen that ‘Gustavus Vassa’ as he was sometimes known, learned to read and write. However many considered teaching a slave was a waste of time. After all it might ‘give them ideas above their station’. Certainly, it seemed that Gus hoped that through learning, he could work hard enough to buy his way out of slavery.
Journey Back to Freedom is the story of Olaudah Equiano, who was stolen from his home and family in Benin, as a boy. Olaudah, wrote his life story in, The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano. Not only does it describe his harsh capture, but it revealed the Zong massacre. It seems Equiano’s revelations influenced anti-slavery campaigners like eighteenth century campaigners such as Granville Sharp.
Catherine Johnson offers an historical narrative of Equiano’s life in Journey Back to Freedom. Thereafter, we realise the horrors he endured, alongside his determination to survive. Therefore we consider his ambition and experiences, within his griefs and upheavals. Equiano’s story is included within Professor Olusoga’s Black and British: An Illustrated History. However this story version offers a suggestion of Equiano’s character and likely experiences. Therefore we grasp the terror and fear alongside his hopes of a life beyond chains. Bookwagon recommends Journey Back to Freedom to our readers.


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