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Recommended reads for Black History Month

Fantastic reads for adults and children!

Most books can be ordered within 7-10 days, subject to availability. If you need a book urgently, or by a specific date, you can always contact us before ordering to ask how long it will take
In Search of Mary Seacole: The Making of a Cultural Icon - by Helen Rappaport - £10.99
'An astonishingly rich story... wonderfully informative' The Times 'Rappaport does a terrific job of bringing respectful rigour to her account of Seacole's extraordinary life' Daily Mail  In Search of Mary Seacole is a superb and revealing bio ... more

Mandela: His Essential Life - by Peter Hain - £9.99
Mandela: His Essential Life chronicles the life and legacy of one of the twentieth century's most influential and admired statesmen. Charting his development from remote rural roots to city lawyer, freedom fighter, and then political leader, Peter Ha ... more

Mother Country: Britain - by Stephen Bourne - £14.99
Very little attention has been given to black British and West African and Caribbean citizens who lived and worked on the 'front line' during the Second World War. Yet black people were under fire in cities like Bristol, Cardiff, Liverpool, London an ... more

Africa's Peacemakers: Nobel Peace Laureates of African Descent - by Adekeye Adebajo - £15.99
As Africa and its diaspora commemorate fifty years of post-independence Pan-Africanism, this unique volume provides profound insight into the thirteen prominent individuals of African descent who have won the Nobel Peace Prize since 1950.   From t ... more

It's a Continent: Unravelling Africa's History One Country at a Time - by Astrid Madimba and Chinny Ukata - £10.99
‘We need this book’ SIMON REEVE ‘Illuminating’ FINANCIAL TIMES   Why is Africa often perceived as a single country? What role did African soldiers play in the Second World War? Who else led the charge against Apartheid in South Afri ... more

I Write What I Like: A Selection of Writings - by Steve Biko - £10.99
"Like Nelson Mandela's No Easy Walk to Freedom, Biko's selfless pieces of thought, resilience, and longer-term faith in a humanely shared planet will influence South Africa's transition to majority rule." (Tribune) On 12 September, 1977, Steve B ... more

The Light of Truth - by Ida Wells - £9.99
In this collection, Wells's anti-lynching crusade comes alive. Through brilliant social analysis, she exposed lynching as part of a larger framework of subjugation in which white people used violence as a deliberate tactic to combat black economic pr ... more

Black Ghost of Empire: The Long Death of Slavery and the Failure of Emancipation - by Kris Manjapra - £10.99
A revelatory historical indictment of the long afterlife of slavery in the Atlantic world.  To fully understand why the shadow of slavery haunts us today, we must confront the flawed way that it ended. We celebrate abolition - in Haiti after ... more

100 Great Black Britons - by Patrick Vernon and Angelina Osborne - £9.99
A long-overdue book honouring the remarkable achievements of key Black British individuals over many centuries, in collaboration with the 100 Great Black Britons campaign founded and run by Patrick Vernon OBE.   Patrick Vernon's landmark 100 G ... more

Comrade Sisters: Women of the Black Panther Party - by Stephen Shames (photography) and Ericka Huggins (text) - £35.00
“A new photobook recalls the crucial but often overlooked role played by women in the Black Panther party” — The Guardian  “… I guarantee this book will give you a new respect for a generation of women militants.” — Socialist Worke ... more

Windrush: 75 Years of Modern Britain - by Mike Phillips and Trevor Phillips - £12.99
The oral history of Britain’s first West Indian immigrants and their descendants.  In 1948 the former troop ship Windrush made the 30-day journey across the Atlantic from Jamaica. The arrival of its 500 passengers, the first generation of C ... more

Hidden Figures: The Untold Story of the African American Women Who Helped Win the Space Race - by Margot Lee Shetterly - £10.99
The Top 10 Sunday Times Bestseller  Now a major motion picture. Oscar Nominated For Best Picture and Best Adapted Screenplay.  Set amid the civil rights movement, the never-before-told true story of NASA’s African-American female mathemati ... more

Civil Rights for Beginners - by Paul Von Blum, illustrated by Frank Reynoso - £12.99
A large swath of literature on the civil rights movement exists in the United States. Much of that literature focuses on the dramatic events of the African American resistance to Jim Crow and oppression from the mid 1950s through the early 1970s. Fre ... more

The Black Panther Party: A Graphic Novel History - by David F. Walker and Marcus Kwame Anderson - £16.99
A bold and fascinating graphic novel history of the revolutionary Black Panther Party.  Founded in Oakland, California, in 1966, the Black Panther Party for Self-Defense was a radical political organization that stood in defiant contrast to t ... more

The Black History Book: Big Ideas Simply Explained - by DK, with a Foreword by David Olusoga - £19.99
Which were the most powerful African empires? Who were the pioneers of jazz? What sparked the Black Lives Matter movement?   This book answers these questions and many more, exploring the rich history of the peoples of Africa and the African diasp ... more

Black and British: A Forgotten History - by David Olusoga - £12.99
Winner of the 2017 PEN Hessell-Tiltman Prize A Waterstones.com History Book of the Year Longlisted for the Orwell Prize Shortlisted for the inaugural Jhalak Prize   In Black and British, award-winning historian and broadcaster David Olusoga off ... more

Pastor Daniels Ekarte And The African Churches Mission: Liverpool 1931-1964 - by Marika Sherwood - £11.99
A young man arrived in Liverpool from Nigeria around 1915, expecting to find the streets paved with gold. The Dingle area of Toxteth he settled in was instead depressed, poor, racist, and to his mind, ungodly. In 1931, he founded the African Churches ... more

Three Mothers: How the Mothers of Martin Luther King Jr., Malcolm X & James Baldwin Shaped a Nation - by Anna Malaika Tubbs - £9.99
THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER  ‘A fascinating exploration into the lives of three women ignored by history... Eye-opening, engrossing’ Brit Bennett, bestselling author of The Vanishing Half   In her groundbreaking debut, Anna Malaika ... more

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings - by Maya Angelou - £9.99
Maya Angelou's six volumes of autobiography are a testament to the talents and resilience of this extraordinary writer. Loving the world, she also knows its cruelty. As a Black woman she has known discrimination and extreme poverty, but also hope, jo ... more

Notes of a Native Son - by James Baldwin - £9.99
'The story of the negro in America is the story of America ... it is not a very pretty story'   James Baldwin's breakthrough essay collection made him the voice of his generation. Ranging over Harlem in the 1940s, movies, novels, his preacher fath ... more

No Way But This: In Search of Paul Robeson - by Jeff Sparrow - £9.99
Film star. Icon. Agitator. Martyr.   Paul Robeson was a brilliant student and champion athlete who abandoned a career in law to find worldwide fame as a performer and activist. He was undoubtedly the most famous African American of his time — be ... more

Wake: The Hidden History of Women-Led Slave Revolts - by Rebecca Hall, illustrated by Hugo Martinez - £20.00
"Not only a riveting tale of Black women's leadership of slave revolts but an equally dramatic story of the engaged scholarship that enabled its discovery"(Angela Y. Davis) Women warriors planned and led slave revolts on slave ships during the pas ... more

The Dead Are Arising: The Life of Malcolm X - by Les Payne and Tamara Payne - £12.99
**WINNER OF PULITZER PRIZE FOR BIOGRAPHY** **WINNER OF THE NATIONAL BOOK AWARD (Nonfiction)** Shortlisted for the HWA Non-Fiction Crown Award Finalist, LA Times Book Prize  A landmark biography of one of the twentieth century's most compelli ... more

Black History for Beginners - by Denise Dennis - £11.99
What is Black History? Did you know what blacks were in Cortez's crew in Mexico, with Pizarro in Peru and Alvarado in Quito - that when Balboa discovered the Pacific Ocean, 30 black people were with him - that when Alarcon and Coronado conquered Mexi ... more

The Portable Nineteenth-Century African American Women Writers - by Various writers, edited by Hollis Robbins and Henry Louis Gates - £16.99
A landmark collection documenting the social, political, and artistic lives of African American women throughout the tumultuous nineteenth century.   The Portable Nineteenth-Century African American Women Writers is the most comprehensive ant ... more

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