Cyril Lionel Robert James (1901-1989) was a Trinidadian writer, socialist and pioneering voice in postcolonial literature. He wrote World Revolution in 1937, a history of the Communist International, which provoked much debate in Trotskyist circles. In 1938, he wrote The Black Jacobins, an account of the Haitian Revolution. He also wrote plays and fiction. His novel Minty Alley of 1936 was the first by a black West Indian to be published in Britain. He also wrote on cricket, and his 1963 book of reminiscences Beyond a Boundary is considered by many the best ever book on cricket.