Ingraham visits Britain for book launch


FORMER Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham presented copies of his book to 40 head teachers. He is pictured with the principals of Grand Bahama Elementary School.

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FORMER Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham presented his new book to head teachers across Grand Bahama yesterday at the Sir Charles Hayward Library.

Thanks to donations from Sawyer’s Fresh Market and the Grand Bahama Port Authority, which each donated 20 books, all school libraries will have a copy of Mr. Ingraham’s speech book, “I say what I mean, and I mean what I say”.

Addressing the directors, Mr Ingraham said his publisher, whom he has known for 30 years, urged him to write the book. On his first objection, he said, he remembers giving a long speech in May 1985 that led to him being “expelled from the PLP”. In that speech, he said he didn’t know how history would judge him “but I was following a particular line, and I was going to sleep just fine that night because I said what I wanted to say, and I meant what I said.”

Publication of the book was funded “by a very generous Bahamian” and copies are being sold at cost. It is hoped that sales will fund volumes two and three.

Mr Ingraham hopes to write his autobiography next year.

“You will find a lot of information in the book that can help students and others to appreciate and learn about what happened in the country during the 15 years that I had the opportunity to be Prime Minister”, did he declare.

He also hosted a signing session at Sawyer’s Fresh Market and an official launch on the Grand Lucayan Great Lawn.

This morning, he will pay a courtesy call on Minister of Grand Bahama Ginger Moxey and address the students of Jack Hayward High School.

Photos: Andrew Miller/BIS

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