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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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The Crunk Feminist Collection by Brittney C. Cooper, Susana M. Morris, and Robin M. Boylorn (Editors) - £21.99
For the Crunk Feminist Collective, their academic day jobs were lacking in conversations they actually wanted to have — relevant, real conversations about how race and gender politics intersect with pop culture and current events. To address this v ... more
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Roots and Culture: Cultural Politics in the Making of Black Britain by Eddie Chambers - £15.99
How did a distinct and powerful Black British identity emerge? In the 1950s, when many Caribbean migrants came to Britain, there was no such recognised entity as "Black Britain." Yet by the 1980s, the cultural landscape had radically changed, and a r ... more
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Guapa by Saleem Haddad - £10.99
A Middle-Eastern capital caught in the revolutionary wave of the Arab Spring.  A day in the life of a young man disillusioned with both East and West and struggling to find a place for himself in a society ruled by hypocrisy and contradictions. ... more
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Who Do You Serve, Who Do You Protect? Police Violence and Resistance in the United States by Joe Macaré, Maya Schenwar and Alana Yu-lan Price (Editors) - £15.99
A thorough and timely exploration of the reality of US police violence against Black, Brown and Indigenous communities.   What is the reality of policing in the United States? Do the police keep anyone safe and secure other than the very wealthy? ... more
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Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi - £12.99
Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award for Best First Book   Effia and Esi: two sisters with two very different destinies. One sold into slavery; one a slave trader's wife. The consequences of their fate reverberate through the generatio ... more
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Martin Luther King, Jr.: The Last Interview - and Other Conversations by Martin Luther King, Jr. - £12.99
As the Black Lives Matter movement gains momentum, and books like Ta-Nehisi Coates’s Between the World and Me and Claudia Rankine’s Citizen swing national attention toward the racism and violence that continue to poison our communities, it’s as ... more
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Your Heart is a Muscle the Size of a Fist by Sunil Yapa - £8.99
A heart-stopping debut about protest and riot...   1999. Victor, homeless after a family tragedy, finds himself pounding the streets of Seattle with little meaning or purpose. He is the estranged son of the police chief of the city, and today ... more
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Black Power 50 by Sylviane A. Diouf and Komozi Woodard (Editors) - £21.99
With a foreword by Khalil Gibran Muhammad.   The fully illustrated companion to a major exhibit at New York’s Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, a sweeping fiftieth-anniversary retrospective of Black Power in America and around ... more
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Elephant by Siana Bangura - £8.99
Elephant is the debut collection of poetry by writer, blogger, and poet Siana Bangura (@sianaarrgh).  Never afraid to address the elephant in the room – the very spirit with which this collection was put together – Bangura’s work has a ... more
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No Tea, No Shade: New Writings in Black Queer Studies by E. Patrick Johnson (Editor) - £24.99
The follow-up to the groundbreaking Black Queer Studies, the edited collection No Tea, No Shade brings together nineteen essays from the next generation of scholars, activists, and community leaders doing work on black gender and sexuality.  Bui ... more
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Color of Violence: The INCITE! Anthology by INCITE! Women of Color Against Violence - £20.99
The editors and contributors to Color of Violence ask: What would it take to end violence against women of color?  Presenting the fierce and vital writing of organizers, lawyers, scholars, poets, and policy makers, Color of Violence radically reposi ... more
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Muhammad Ali by Sybille Titeux and Amazing Ameziane - £16.99
The story of boxing icon Muhammad Ali!   An original graphic novel celebrating the life of the glorious athlete who metamorphosed from Cassius Clay to become a three-time heavyweight boxing legend, activist, and provocateur: Muhammad Ali. Not ... more
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Detroit 67: The Year That Changed Soul by Stuart Cosgrove - £9.99
Detroit 67 is the story of Motor City in the year that changed everything. Twelve chapters take you on a turbulent year-long journey through the drama and chaos that ripped through the city in 1967 and tore it apart in personal, political and interra ... more
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Little Aunt Crane by Geling Yan - £8.99
In the last days of World War II, the Japanese occupation of Manchuria has collapsed. As the Chinese move in, the elders of the Japanese settler village of Sakito decide to preserve their honour by killing all the villagers in an act of mass suicide. ... more
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Evelyn Dove: Britain's Black Cabaret Queen by Stephen Bourne - £12.99
A pioneer and a trailblazer, Evelyn Dove left a mark in the arts industry. She was the first black female singer on BBC Radio and the first black British female singer to work in America, a quarter of a century before Shirley Bassey.   In a ca ... more
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Under the Udala Trees by Chinelo Okparanta - £8.99
One day in 1968, at the height of the Biafran civil war, Ijeoma's father is killed and her world is transformed forever. Separated from her grief-stricken mother, she meets another young lost girl, Amina, and the two become inseparable. Theirs is a r ... more
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Welcome to Lagos by Chibundu Onuzo - £12.99
When army officer Chike Ameobi is ordered to kill innocent civilians, he knows that it is time to leave. As he travels towards Lagos, he becomes the leader of a new platoon, a band of runaways who share his desire for a better life.   Their ar ... more
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No Knives in the Kitchens of This City by Khaled Khalifa, translated by Leri Price - £9.99
Winner of the Naguib Mahfouz Medal for Literature: an eloquent portrayal of life under dictatorship by an acclaimed Syrian writer.  In the once beautiful city of Aleppo, one Syrian family descends into tragedy and ruin. Irrepressible Sawsan f ... more
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In the Wake: On Blackness and Being by Christina Sharpe - £19.99
In this original and trenchant work, Christina Sharpe interrogates literary, visual, cinematic, and quotidian representations of Black life that comprise what she calls the "orthography of the wake."   Activating multiple registers of "wake" ... more
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The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead - £14.99
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 20 ... more
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Birth of a Dream Weaver: A Writer by Ngugi wa Thiong'o - £14.99
As a young student, internationally renowned author Ngugi wa Thiong’o found his voice as a playwright, journalist and novelist, writing his first, pivotal works just as the countries of East Africa were in the final throes of their independence str ... more
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Rainbow in the Cloud: The Wit and Wisdom of Maya Angelou by Maya Angelou - £8.99
For the first time, poignant and witty aphorisms from the works of Maya Angelou all in one place, gorgeously presented alongside powerful photographs taken throughout her life, in a beautiful gift hardback. A lovely tribute to one of the most inspira ... more
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Black and British: An Untold Story by David Olusoga - £25.00
A vital re-examination of a shared history, published to accompany the landmark BBC Two series.   In Black and British, award-winning historian and broadcaster David Olusoga offers readers a rich and revealing exploration of the extraordinaril ... more
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Colour Bar: The Triumph of Seretse Khama and His Nation by Susan Williams - £9.99
The true story of a love which defied family, Apartheid, and empire - the inspiration for the major new feature film A United Kingdom, starring David Oyelowo and Rosamund Pike.   London, 1947. He was the heir to an African kingdom. She was a white ... more
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Black Acting Methods: Critical Approaches by Sharrell Luckett and Tia M. Shaffer (Editors) - £29.99
Black Acting Methods seeks to offer alternatives to the Euro-American performance styles that many actors find themselves working with.    A wealth of contributions from directors, scholars and actor trainers address afrocentric processes an ... more
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Two Years Eight Months and Twenty-Eight Nights by Salman Rushdie - £8.99
From Salman Rushdie, one of the great writers of our time, comes a spellbinding work of fiction that blends history, mythology, and a timeless love story. A lush, richly layered novel in which our world has been plunged into an age of unreason, Two Y ... more
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Grunwick: The Workers' Story by Jack Dromey and Graham Taylor - £12.00
Grunwick was the strike that changed the rules of the game.   It changed the way the unions thought about race, about their own core values, and about the best way to organise among the new immigrant communities coming to Britain in the 1970s. ... more
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Human Acts by Han Kang, translated by Deborah Smith - £8.99
Gwangju, South Korea, 1980. In the wake of a viciously suppressed student uprising, a boy searches for his friend's corpse, a consciousness searches for its abandoned body, and a brutalised country searches for a voice. In a sequence of interconnecte ... more
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61 Minutes in Munich: The Story of Liverpool FC's First Black Footballer by Howard Gayle - £16.99
In April 1981, Howard Gayle was summoned from the substitutes’ bench and sent on to play for Liverpool in the second leg of a European Cup semi-final at German champions Bayern Munich.   The previous October, by filling the same role at Manc ... more
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Swing Time by Zadie Smith - £18.99
An ambitious, exuberant new novel moving from north west London to West Africa, from the multi-award-winning author of White Teeth and On Beauty.   Two brown girls dream of being dancers - but only one, Tracey, has talent. The other has ideas: ... more
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'Bitter with the Past but Sweet with the Dream': Communism in the African American Imaginary by Cathy Bergin - £21.99
Most literary critics take it for granted that mid-century African-American writers considered the Communist movement to be incapable of comprehending and responding to racial oppression.  In this groundbreaking study, Cathy Bergin argues that i ... more
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