The Fire Next Time

The Fire Next Time

Paperback Published on: 25/01/1990
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The Fire Next Time
More relevant than ever.
This book consists of a letter to Baldwin's nephew and a discussion of what could, should, and must be done to bring racial equality. Clear, insightful, po... READ MORE
Keiran at Waterstones Harrogate


The landmark work on race in America from James Baldwin, whose life and words are immortalized in the Oscar-nominated film I Am Not Your Negro. 'We, the black and the white, deeply need each other here if we are really to become a nation' James Baldwin's impassioned plea to 'end the racial nightmare' in America was a bestseller when it appeared in 1963, galvanising a nation and giving voice to the emerging civil rights movement. Told in the form of two intensely personal 'letters', The Fire Next Time is at once a powerful evocation of Baldwin's early life in Harlem and an excoriating condemnation of the terrible legacy of racial injustice.  'Sermon, ultimatum, confession, deposition, testament, and chronicle ... all presented in searing, brilliant prose' - The New York Times Book Review  ‘Baldwin writes with great passion... it reeks of truth, as the ghettoes of New York and London, Chicago and Manchester reek of our hypocrisy' - Sunday Times 'The great poet-prophet of the civil rights movement ... his seminal work' - Guardian Chosen as part of Duncan Jones’ #BowieBookClub in 2018. 

  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
  • ISBN: 9780140182750
  • Number of pages: 96
  • Weight: 78g
  • Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 5 mm

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The Fire Next Time
Powerful and Thought Provoking
I added this to my wish list after watching a guest on Between The Covers TV show select it as a favourite read. This is a very short read but it is powerf... READ MORE
Fiona Sharp