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Black History Month

Black History Month 2018

October is Black History Month, which has been running in the UK since 1987. To celebrate the 31st anniversary we have a selection of writing exploring the contemporary social and political world. Our booksellers introduce some of their favourites below.

 

Back to BlackBack to Black by Kehinde Andrews

 

An engaging, concise and clear-sighted history of black radicalism from Garvey to Black Lives Matter, travelling through Rastafarianism and the Nation of Islam to Assata and Tupac Shakur. Placing movements within the context of international politics and capitalism, Andrews questions whether justice and freedom can ever be achived when racism is embedded so deeply within these systems. Accessible, authoritative and engrossing, I'd urge anyone with an interest in the struggle to overcome racism to read this right now. 

 

Heather, Campaigns Manager

 

 

 

 

 

Don't Call Us Dead by Danez Smith

Don't Call Us Dead by Danez Smith

 

Queer, black and HIV +, Danez Smith's voice is one of the most exciting and essential in contemporary poetry. This collection blew me away. Almost every line led me to exclaim, "this is good, really good". There isn't a poem here that fails to live up to the extraordinary praise heaped upon Smith's work. That he manages to pull off a moving (yes, it made me cry) poem about gay dating apps is reason enough to pick up this collection.

 

James, Charing Cross Road

 

Contemporary Perspectives

Back to Black: Retelling Black...
(Hardback)
Kehinde Andrews
 
One of Britain's most highly acclaimed Black educators presents the history of Black radicalism, reclaiming it for the twenty-first century.
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Don't Call Us Dead
(Paperback)
Danez Smith
 
*A FINALIST FOR THE NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FOR POETRY 2017*`[Smith's] poems are enriched to the point of volatility, but they pay out, often, in sudden joy' The New Yorker Award-winning...
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Mother Country: Real Stories of the...
(Hardback)
Charlie Brinkhurst-Cuff
 
A leading new exploration of the Windrush generation, featuring David Lammy and Lenny Henry
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Voices of the Windrush Generation: ...
(Hardback)
David Matthews
 
'Evocative, authentic and brilliantly told - a wonderful read.' David Lammy Foreword by West Indies Cricketer Sir Clive Lloyd Voices of the Windrush Generation ...
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The Lies That Bind: Rethinking Identity
(Hardback)
Kwame Anthony Appiah
 
From the best-selling author of Cosmopolitanism comes this revealing exploration of how the collective identities that shape our polarized world are riddled with...
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Why I'm No Longer Talking to White...
(Paperback)
Reni Eddo-Lodge
 
THE TOP 5 SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER WINNER OF THE BRITISH BOOK AWARDS NON-FICTION NARRATIVE BOOK OF THE YEAR 2018 FOYLES NON-FICTION BOOK OF THE YEAR BLACKWELL'S...
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Brit(ish): On Race, Identity and...
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Afua Hirsch
 
The Sunday Times bestseller that reveals the uncomfortable truth about race and identity in Britain today
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Rise: Life Lessons in Speaking Out,...
(Hardback)
Gina Miller
 
An extraordinary account of what it means to stand up for justice, and for yourself, no matter the cost
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They Can't Kill Us Until They Kill ...
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Hanif Abdurraqib
 
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Black Lives Matter and Music: ...
(Paperback)
Portia K. Maultsby; Fernando ...
 
Music has always been integral to the Black Lives Matter movement in the United States, with songs such as Kendrick Lamar's "Alright," J. Cole's "Be Free," D'Angelo ...
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The New Testament
(Paperback)
Jericho Brown
 
The UK debut of prize-winning American poet Jericho Brown, a devastating meditation on race, sexuality and contemporary American society.
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Writing to Save a Life
(Paperback)
John Edgar Wideman
 
The new international prizewinning non-fiction from John Edgar Wideman, one of the standout black American writers of the modern age and winner of the 2017 Prix Femina Etranger
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The Fire This Time: A New Generation...
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Jesmyn Ward
 
THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER Edited by two-time National Book Award winner and Women's Prize shortlisted-author Jesmyn Ward, a timely and groundbreaking collection...
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Staying Power: The History of Black...
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Peter Fryer
 
The classic history of black people in Britain, an epic story that spans the Roman conquest to the present day.
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