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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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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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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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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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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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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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What is Not Yours is Not Yours by Helen Oyeyemi - £14.99
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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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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Mama Can't Raise No Man by Robyn Travis - £9.99
Mama Can’t Raise No Man is a unique and eye-opening exploration of black masculinity. Brimming with intelligent and thought provoking ideas, it cleverly challenges different definitions of manhood, whilst remaining an engaging, witty and at times l ... more
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A Beautiful White Cat Walks With Me by Youssef Fadel, translated by Alexander E. Elinson - £10.99
A modern Moroccan tale of power, love, and loss.  Hassan makes a living in his native Marrakesh as a comic writer and performer, through his satirical sketches critical of Morocco’s rulers. Yet when he is suddenly conscripted into a losing ... more
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The Time-Travels of the Man Who Sold Pickles and Sweets by Khairy Shalaby, translated by Michael Cooperson - £10.99
The misadventures of a modern time traveler through Egypt’s recent and medieval past.   Ibn Shalaby, like many Egyptians, is looking for a job. Yet, unlike most of his fellow citizens, he is prone to sudden dislocations in time. Armed with h ... more
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The Good Immigrant by Nikesh Shukla (Editor) - £14.99
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 n ... more
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Do Not Say We Have Nothing by Madeleine Thien - £12.99
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.   A ... more
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Ida B. Wells: Social Activist and Reformer by Kristina DuRocher - £24.99
Born into slavery in 1862, Ida B. Wells went on to become an influential reformer and leader in the African American community. A Southern black woman living in a time when little social power was available to people of her race or gender, Ida B. Wel ... more
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Hope: My Life in Football by Hope Powell - £16.99
Hope Powell was a skinny little black girl from South London who only ever wanted to play football. Brought up in a violent home, she was actively discouraged from playing. The original Bend It Like Beckham girl, this is the amazing story of how a ki ... more
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Strange Fruit by Kamau Brathwaite - £12.99
Recent winner of the Frost medal from the Poetry Society of America, Kamau Brathwaite has discovered a rich new vein of inspiration late in life, writing poems of urgency, wisdom, pain and brave humour. No poet since Hardy and Yeats has written about ... more
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Known and Strange Things by Teju Cole - £17.99
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 sens ... more
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Leftover Women: The Resurgence of Gender Inequality in China by Leta Hong Fincher - £9.99
In the early years of the People’s Republic, the Communist Party sought to transform gender relations. Yet those gains have been steadily eroded in China’s post-socialist era.   Contrary to the image presented by China’s media, women in ... more
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Gold from the Stone: New and Selected Poems by Lemn Sissay - £12.99
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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The Rivered Earth by Vikram Seth - £9.99
The Rivered Earth contains four libretti written by Vikram Seth to be set to music by Alec Roth - together with an account of the pleasures and pains of working with a composer.   Entitled 'Songs in Time of War', 'Shared Ground', 'The Travelle ... more
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W.E.B. Du Bois: Revolutionary Across the Color Line by Bill V. Mullen - £12.99
On the 27th August, 1963, the day before Martin Luther King electrified the world from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial with the immortal words, "I Have a Dream", the life of another giant of the Civil Rights movement quietly drew to a close in Accr ... more
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Elephant Complex: Travels in Sri Lanka by John Gimlette - £10.99
From Ceylon to the Tamil Tigers, from elephant sanctuaries to indigenous tribes, this is one of the first in-depth accounts of Sri Lanka, by an award-winning travel writer.  Everyone has wanted a piece of paradise.  Sri Lanka is a sma ... more
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Tell the Truth & Shame the Devil: The Life, Legacy, and Love of My Son Michael Brown by Lezley McSpadden - £20.99
The revelatory memoir of Lezley McSpadden — the mother of Michael Brown, the African-American teenager killed by the police officer Darren Wilson in Ferguson, Missouri on August 9, 2014 — sheds light on one of the landmark events in recent histor ... more
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Taduno's Song by Odafe Atogun - £10.99
"Burning with magic and loss, exile and return, beauty and heartache, Taduno's Song is a colossal epic, disguised as a small novel"(Marlon James, Booker Prize-winning author of A Brief History Of Seven Killings) The day a stained brown envelope ... more
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Prisoner to the Streets by Robyn Travis - £9.99
Prisoner to the Streets is a raw, honest and uncompromising reflection of Robyn’s life ‘on road’ and explores the perils of being a young black man in inner-city London growing up between Hackney and Tottenham.  Touching, at times uncomfor ... more
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Negroland: A Memoir by Margo Jefferson - £12.99
The daughter of a successful paediatrician and a fashionable socialite, Margo Jefferson spent her childhood among Chicago's black elite. She calls this society 'Negroland': 'a small region of Negro America where residents were sheltered by a certain ... more
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The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl by Issa Rae - £9.99
In this universally accessible New York Times bestseller named for her wildly popular web series, Issa Rae waxes humorously on what it’s like to be unabashedly awkward in a world that regards introverts as hapless misfits and black as cool.   ... more
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Four Points Fourteen Lines by Tony Chan - £9.99
In January of 2015, school teacher Tony Chan gave up his job and embarked on a 78-day, 1,400-mile solo-trek across the four extreme points of mainland Britain, writing a sonnet on each day of the journey from Dunnet Head to Ardnamurchan Point and fro ... more
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The Kindness of Enemies by Leila Aboulela - £8.99
For fans of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and The Narrow Road to the Deep North, a sweeping new novel from the three times Orange Prize longlisted, Scottish Book Award and Caine Prize winner Leila Aboulela. Natasha Wilson knows how difficult it is t ... more
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About My Mother by Tahar Ben Jelloun - £8.99
Since shes been ill, Lalla Fatma has become a frail little thing with a faltering memory.   Lalla Fatma thinks shes in Fez in 1944, where she grew up, not in Tangier in 2000, where this story begins. She calls out to family members who are l ... more
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Audition Speeches for Black, South Asian and Middle Eastern Actors: Monologues for Women by Simeilia Hodge-Dallaway - £12.99
Audition Speeches for Black, South Asian and Middle Eastern Actors: Monologues for Women aims to provide new and exciting audition and showcase material for actresses of black, African American, South Asian and Middle Eastern heritage. Featuring the ... more
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