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Black History Month 2015

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

October is Black History Month, which has been running in the UK since 1987. To mark this celebration, our staff have picked out some of our favourite titles, including Claudia Rankine's recent Forward Prize-winning poetry collection, Citizen, Patience Agbabi's magical retelling of The Canterbury Tales, Amos Tutuola's incantatory novel My Life in the Bush of Ghosts and the new graphic novel adaptation of Malorie Blackman's Noughts and Crosses.

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Unforgivable Blackness: The Rise and...
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Geoffrey Ward
 
WINNER OF THE WILLIAM HILL SPORTS BOOK OF THE YEAR AWARDHe was the first black heavyweight champion in history (1908-15) and the most celebrated - and most reviled - African...
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Citizen: An American Lyric
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Claudia Rankine
 
Examines the experience of race and racism in Western society through sharp vignettes of everyday discrimination and prejudice. This book includes essays, images and poetry together to form a testament...
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Between The World And Me
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Ta-Nehisi Coates
 
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Bad Feminist
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Roxane Gay
 
`I'm human, full of contradictions, and a feminist.' Bad Feminist is collection of frank, funny, whip-smart and spot-on essays from one of the most-watched young cultural observers of her generation...
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Black Skin, White Masks
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Frantz Fanon
 
A devastating account of the feelings of inadequacy experienced by previously colonised people in a white world.
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Fortunes of Africa: A 5,000 Year...
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Martin Meredith
 
Asweeping,provocative and very timely new history of Africa seen through the context of wealth
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Black Britain: A Photographic History
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Paul Gilroy
 
People of African and Caribbean descent have inhabited Great Britain for centuries. Professor Paul Gilroy has assembled a living visual history of their social life in the modern British Isles...
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The Granta Book of the African Short...
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Helon Habila
 
29 short stories by the best new African writers, selected by one of Africa's most eminent contemporary writers, Helon Habila.
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Noughts & Crosses Graphic Novel
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Malorie Blackman; John Aggs; Ian...
 
Callum is a nought - an inferior white citizen in a society controlled by the black Crosses.Sephy is a Cross - and the daughter of one of the most powerful...
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A Brief History of Seven Killings
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Marlon James
Set against the backdrop of 1970s reggae culture, disco, sex and excess comes this remarkable re-imagining of the attempted assassination of Bob Marley
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Congo
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David van Reybrouck
 
FINALIST FOR THE CUNDILL PRIZE FOR HISTORY`Not only deserves the description "epic", in its true sense, but the term "masterpiece" as well' Independent
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My Life in the Bush of Ghosts
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Amos Tutuola
 
My Life in the Bush of Ghosts, Amos Tutuola's second novel, was first published in 1954. It tells the tale of a small boy who wanders into the heart of...
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Kindred
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Octavia E. Butler
 
A modern black woman is transported to 19th-century Maryland, where she faces the cruel realities of slavery. Kindred, Octavia E. Butler's masterpiece, is an essential read and 'a shattering...
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Telling Tales
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Patience Agbabi
 
A brilliant re-interpretation of The Canterbury Tales for the 21st century, from one of the UK's foremost poets
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Their Eyes Were Watching God
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Zora Neale Hurston; Zadie Smith; ...
 
* Zora Neale Hurston's masterpiece is perhaps the most widely read and highly regarded novel in the entire canon of African American literature.
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Butterfly Fish
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Irenosen Okojie
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Higher Ed
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Tessa McWatt
 
Francine would prefer to be thinner, but is happy enough to suffer her boss' manhandling of her ample hips if it helps her survive the next cull in Quality Assurance...
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Mr Loverman
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Bernardine Evaristo
 
French Barrington Jedidiah Walker is seventy-four and leads a double life. Born and bred in Antigua, he's lived in Hackney since the sixties. Barrington is a husband, father and grandfather...
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The Black Jacobins: Toussaint...
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C. L. R. James; James Walvin; James...
In 1789 the West Indian colony of San Domingo supplied two-thirds of the overseas trade of France. The entire structure of what was arguably the most profitable colony in the...
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Trumpet
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Jackie Kay
 
A modern classic of enduring love, winner of the Guardian Fiction Prize
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