Frangipani House, Beryl Gilroy's first novel, won a prize in the GLC Black Literature Competition even before it was published. Set in Guyana, it is the story of Mama King, trapped by age and infirmity, but ultimately indomitable. She becomes too much for her family who send her away to Frangipani House, a dreary claustrophobic rest home - but Mama King does not give in. She makes her mark - first through anguish, then near madness, and finally by escape to the dangerous, dirty, vital world of the poor. Frangipai House is a beautifully written protest at institutions that isolate, and a way of life that denies respect and responsibility for the weak.