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Taduno's Song by Odafe Atogun - £8.99
“When music is silent you hear the laughter of the tyrant”   A powerful debut from a new voice in contemporary African writing.   The day a stained brown envelope arrives from Taduno’s homeland, he knows that the time has come ... more
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Futures of Black Radicalism by Gaye Theresa Johnson and Alex Lubin (Editors) - £19.99
With racial justice struggles on the rise, a probing collection considers the past and future of Black radicalism.   Black rebellion has returned. Dramatic protests have risen up in scores of cities and campuses; there is renewed engagement wi ... more
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How I Became a North Korean by Krys Lee - £8.99
At the lawless border between North Korea and China, three young lives converge in the hope of a better future.   Yongju is an accomplished student from a prominent but recently disgraced family; Jangmi has had to fend for herself since childh ... more
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The Making of the Black Working Class in Britain by Ron Ramdin - £19.99
A classic history of the role of Black working-class struggles throughout the twentieth century.  In this pioneering history, Ron Ramdin traces the roots of Britain’s disadvantaged black working class. From the development of a small black ... more
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Pachinko by Min Jin Lee - £8.99
Yeongdo, Korea 1911.   In a small fishing village on the banks of the East Sea, a club-footed, cleft-lipped man marries a fifteen-year-old girl. The couple have one child, their beloved daughter Sunja. When Sunja falls pregnant by a married ya ... more
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Gold from the Stone: New and Selected Poems by Lemn Sissay - £9.99
Lemn Sissay's first poetry collection was written aged eighteen and hand-sold to miners on the picket lines of Warrington. Since then his poems have been sculpted in iron and built from concrete, declaimed in over twenty countries. He has performed t ... more
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Known and Strange Things by Teju Cole - £8.99
A blazingly intelligent first collection of essays from the award-winning author of Open City and Every Day Is for the Thief.  With these pieces on politics, photography, travel, history and literature – many of which have become viral sensatio ... more
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Paper Tiger: Inside the Real China by Xu Zhiyuan - £8.99
In Paper Tiger the Chinese journalist and intellectual Xu Zhiyuan paints a portrait of the world's second-largest economy via a thoughtful and wide-ranging series of mini essays on contemporary Chinese society.   Xu Zhiyuan describes the many ... more
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The Black Figure in the European Imaginary by Adrienne L. Childs and Susan H. Libby - £20.00
This original and engrossing book explores ways in which black people were perceived and imagined in the visual arts of Europe from the late 18th century to the 19th century, against a backdrop of slavery, colonialism, and imperialism. Europe’s exp ... more
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The Trial Of Patrolman Thomas Shea: The True Account of a Police Murder of an Innocent Black Child by Thomas Hauser - £13.99
The true story behind Audre Lorde’s 1975 poem “Power” — a masterly, gripping and true account of the tragedy of the early-morning shooting of a child and the trial of a policeman for murder that followed. Was it a case of mistaken identity or ... more
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From Midnight to Glorious Morning? India Since Independence by Mihir Bose - £14.99
Mihir Bose was born in January 1947. Eight months later - and seventy years ago in August - India became a modern, free nation. The country he knew growing up in the 1960s has undergone vast and radical change. India today exports food, sends space p ... more
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When We Speak of Nothing by Olumide Popoola - £9.99
Best mates Karl and Abu are both 17 and live near Kings Cross. It’s 2011 and racial tensions are set to explode across London. Abu is infatuated with gorgeous classmate Nalini but dares not speak to her. Meanwhile, Karl is the target of the local ... more
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Frederick Douglass by William S. McFeely - £15.99
Born into but escaped from slavery, Frederick Douglass — orator, journalist, autobiographer; revolutionary on behalf of a just America — was a towering figure, at once consummately charismatic and flawed. His Narrative of the Life of Frederick Do ... more
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No Way But This: In Search of Paul Robeson by Jeff Sparrow - £14.99
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
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Notes Of A Crocodile by Qiu Miaojin - £9.99
An NYRB Classics Original  Set in the post-martial-law era of late-1980s Taipei, Notes of a Crocodile is a coming-of-age story of queer misfits discovering love, friendship, and artistic affinity while hardly studying at Taiwan’s most prestig ... more
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Dark Chapter by Winnie M Li - £14.99
Highly Commended for the CWA Debut Dagger 2015 Shortlisted for the Emma Humphreys Memorial Prize 2015 Shortlisted for the Pat Kavanagh Prize 2015 Runner-up in the SI Leeds Literary Prize   Vivian is a cosmopolitan Taiwanese-American ... more
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Kumukanda by Kayo Chingonyi - £10.00
*AS HEARD ON BBC RADIO 4 AND RADIO 6 MUSIC* *FINANCIAL TIMES SUMMER PICK 2017* *GUARDIAN BEST HOLIDAY READS 2017* "A brilliant debut – a tender, nostalgic and at times darkly hilarious exploration of black boyhood, masculinity and grief – fr ... more
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The Fortunes by Peter Ho Davies - £8.99
By the author of the Booker longlisted The Welsh Girl, a vibrant, powerful and iconoclastic novel telling the little-known story of the Chinese in America, and of America through its Chinese.   Ah Ling: son of a prostitute and a white 'ghost', ... more
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The Intuitionist by Colson Whitehead - £8.99
The marvellously inventive, genre-bending, noir-inflected debut novel from the author of The Underground Railroad.   Verticality, architectural and social, is at the heart of Colson Whitehead's first novel that takes place in an unnamed high-rise ... more
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Augustown by Kei Miller - £8.99
From Kei Miller, the winner of the 2014 Forward Prize, a magical and haunting novel set in the underbelly of Jamaica.  It is 11 April 1982 and a smell is coming down John Golding Road right alongside the boy-child, something attached to him, ... more
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Black German: An Afro-German Life in the Twentieth Century by Theodor Michael, translated by Eve Rosenhaft - £14.99
This is the first English translation of an important document in the history of the black presence in Germany and Europe: the autobiography of Theodor Michael.   Theodor Michael is among the few surviving members of the first generation of ... more
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Here Comes the Sun by Nicole Dennis-Benn - £12.99
A finalist for the New York Public Library Fiction Award A Grand Prix Littéraire of the Association of Caribbean Writers Selection   In this radiant, highly anticipated debut, a cast of unforgettable women battle for independence while a m ... more
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The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead - £7.99
From prize-winning, bestselling author Colson Whitehead, a magnificent, wrenching, thrilling tour de force chronicling a young slave's adventures as she makes a desperate bid for freedom in the antebellum South.   NATIONAL BOOK AWARD WINNER 2016 ... more
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Men Without Women by Haruki Murakami - £16.99
'I find writing novels a challenge, writing stories a joy. If writing novels is like planting a forest, then writing short stories is more like planting a garden.'   Across seven tales, Haruki Murakami brings his powers of observation to bear ... more
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Black Moses by Alain Mabanckou - £12.99
Longlisted for the International Man Booker Prize 2017.  The new novel from the outstanding figure of French and African literature, Man Booker International shortlisted novelist Alain Mabanckou.  It's 1970, and in the People's Republ ... more
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The Slave's Cause: A History of Abolition by Manisha Sinha - £16.99
A groundbreaking history of abolition that recovers the largely forgotten role of African Americans in the long march toward emancipation from the American Revolution through the Civil War.  Received historical wisdom casts abolitionists as b ... more
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Black Lives, Black Words by Reginald Edmund (Editor) - £9.99
Selected and edited by the award-winning American playwright Reginald Edmund, who produced Black Lives, Black Words across the US, which premiered in Chicago, July 2015. The international project has explored the black diaspora’s experiences in som ... more
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Familiar Stranger: A Life Between Two Islands by Stuart Hall - £25.00
'Sometimes I feel I was the last colonial'   This is the story, in his own words, of the extraordinary life of Stuart Hall: writer, thinker and one of the leading intellectual lights of his age. Growing up in a middle-class family in 1930s Jam ... more
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Segu by Maryse Condé, translated by Barbara Bray - £9.99
The bestselling epic novel of family, treachery, rivalry, religious fervour and the turbulent fate of a royal African dynasty.  It is 1797 and the African kingdom of Segu, born of blood and violence, is at the height of its power. Yet Dousika ... more
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Stay with Me by Ayobami Adebayo - £14.99
SHORTLISTED FOR THE 2017 BAILEYS WOMEN'S PRIZE FOR FICTION  'There are things even love can't do... If the burden is too much and stays too long, even love bends, cracks, comes close to breaking and sometimes does break. But even when it's in ... more
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The Good Immigrant by Nikesh Shukla (Editor) - £8.99
How does it feel to be constantly regarded as a potential threat, strip-searched at every airport?   Or be told that, as an actress, the part you’re most fitted to play is ‘wife of a terrorist’? How does it feel to have words from your nativ ... more
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Kindred: A Graphic Novel Adaptation by Octavia E. Butler, adapted by Damian Duffy and John Jennings - £15.99
Octavia E. Butler’s bestselling literary science-fiction masterpiece, Kindred, now in graphic novel format.  More than 35 years after its release, Kindred continues to draw in new readers with its deep exploration of the violence and loss o ... more
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The Things I Would Tell You: British Muslim Women Write by Sabrina Mahfouz (Editor) - £12.99
From established literary heavyweights to emerging spoken word artists, the writers in this ground-breaking collection blow away the narrow image of the ‘Muslim Woman’.   Hear from users of Islamic Tinder, a disenchanted Maulana working as ... more
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The Sellout by Paul Beatty - £8.99
**WINNER OF THE MAN BOOKER PRIZE 2016**   ‘Outrageous, hilarious and profound.' Simon Schama, Financial Times ‘The longer you stare at Beatty's pages, the smarter you'll get.' Guardian ‘The most badass first 100 pages of an American ... more
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Wake Up and Live: The Life of Bob Marley by Jim McCarthy and Benito Gallego - £16.99
The extraordinary life of the legendary Jamaican musician Bob Marley is here celebrated in a superb graphic novel by Jim McCarthy and Benito Gallego.  A man of spiritual hunger and force with music in his bones, Robert Nesta Marley came to re ... more
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Do Not Say We Have Nothing by Madeleine Thien - £8.99
LONGLISTED FOR THE MAN BOOKER PRIZE 2016   In Canada in 1991, ten-year-old Marie and her mother invite a guest into their home: a young woman who has fled China in the aftermath of the Tiananmen Square protests. Her name is Ai-Ming.   As her re ... more
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I am Not Your Negro by James Baldwin and Raoul Peck - £8.99
The New York Times bestseller based on the Oscar nominated documentary film.   In June 1979, the writer and civil rights activist James Baldwin embarked on a project to tell the story of America through the lives of three of his murdered friends: ... more
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A Different Kind of Daughter: The Girl Who Hid from the Taliban in Plain Sight by Maria Toorpakai - £8.99
"Armed with a squash racket and enormous will, Maria Toorpakai has risen from the turmoil of tribal life in Pakistan to become not only a world-class athlete, but a true inspiration, a pioneer for millions of other women struggling to pave their own ... more
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The Kingdom of Women: Life, Love and Death in China's Hidden Mountains by Choo Waihong - £17.99
In a mist-shrouded valley on China's invisible border with Tibet is a place known as the 'Kingdom of Women', where a small tribe called the Mosuo lives in a cluster of villages that have changed little in centuries. This is one of the last matrilinea ... more
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The Girl Who Ate Books: Adventures in Reading by Nilanjana Roy - £10.99
From Bankimchandra Chatterjee to G.V. Desani to Vikram Seth, Indian writing in English has come a long way over the last hundred years. And Nilanjana Roy – voracious eater of books and sharpest of critics – has taken stock of it all.   On ... more
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Akram's War: A Novel of One Young Muslim's Journey to Radicalization by Nadim Safdar - £8.99
One night, Akram Khan walks out of his house towards an appointed time and place where he is supposed to detonate a bomb that will end his life and that of many innocent bystanders. As he wanders through the town he encounters Grace, whose life has b ... more
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In Other Words by Jhumpa Lahiri - £9.99
In Other Words is a revelation. It is at heart a love story of a long and sometimes difficult courtship, and a passion that verges on obsession: that of a writer for another language. For Jhumpa Lahiri, that love was for Italian, which first captivat ... more
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Rest in Power: The Enduring Life of Trayvon Martin by Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin - £12.99
On February 26th 2012 seventeen-year-old Trayvon Martin was walking home with a bag of Skittles and a can of juice when a fatal encounter with a gun-wielding neighbourhood watchman ended his young life. In a matter of weeks, Trayvon Martin’s name w ... more
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What is Not Yours is Not Yours by Helen Oyeyemi - £7.99
The stories collected in What Is Not Yours Is Not Yours are linked by more than the exquisitely winding prose of their creator: Helen Oyeyemi's ensemble cast of characters slip from the pages of their own stories only to surface in another.   ... more
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Renegade: The Life and Times of Darcus Howe by Robin Bunce and Paul Field - £9.99
Born in Trinidad during the dying days of British colonialism, Darcus Howe has become an uncompromising champion of racial justice. The book examines how Howe's unique political outlook was inspired by the example of his friend and mentor C.L.R. Jame ... more
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Don't Let Me Be Lonely: An American Lyric by Claudia Rankine - £9.99
Here, available for the first time in the UK, is the book in which Claudia Rankine first developed the 'American Lyric' form which makes her Forward Prize-winning collection Citizen so distinctive: an original combination of poetry, lyric essay, phot ... more
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What Happened, Miss Simone? by Alan Light - £9.99
Inspired by the Oscar-nominated Netflix documentary, this is the story of the real Miss Simone.   What Happened, Miss Simone? tells the story of incandescent soul singer and Black Power icon Nina Simone, one of the most influential, provocativ ... more
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The Bones of Grace by Tahmima Anam - £8.99
Zubaida is on a journey to unearth the past. It will lead her from the corridors of Harvard to the scorching deserts of Pakistan, and the bones of an ancient whale. It will carry her back to Bangladesh, and the dark horrors of a ship-breaking yard. H ... more
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The Woman Next Door by Yewande Omotoso - £8.99
Hortensia and Marion are next door neighbours in a charming, bougainvillea-laden Cape Town suburb.  One is black, one white. Both are successful women with impressive careers behind them. Both have recently been widowed. Both are in their eighti ... more
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"They Can't Kill Us All": The Story of Black Lives Matter by Wesley Lowery - £9.99
A deeply reported book on the birth of the Black Lives Matter movement, offering unparalleled insight into the reality of police violence in America, and an intimate, moving portrait of those working to end it   In over a year of on-the-ground ... more
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Spring Garden by Tomoka Shibasaki - £7.99
Winner of the Akutagawa Prize, a sharp, photo-realistic novella of memory and thwarted hope.   Divorced and cut off from his family, Taro lives alone in one of the few occupied apartments in his block, a block that is to be torn down as soon a ... more
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