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The Life and Rhymes of Benjamin Zephaniah: The Autobiography by Benjamin Zephaniah - £20.00
*BBC Radio 4 Book of the Week*  Benjamin Zephaniah, who has travelled the world for his art and his humanitarianism, now tells the one story that encompasses it all: the story of his life.   In the early 1980s when punks and Rastas wer ... more
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Natives: Race and Class in the Ruins of Empire by Akala - £16.99
A searing modern polemic from the BAFTA- and MOBO-award-winning musician and political commentator, Akala.  From the first time he was stopped and searched as a child, to the day he realised his mum was white, to his first encounters with rac ... more
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Petals of Blood by Ngugi wa Thiong'o - £10.99
After decades of British rule Kenya has declared its independence, but drought and poor harvests still govern the village of Ilmorog. Undeterred, Munira, Karega, Wanja and Abdulla each move to Ilmorog in search of a more provincial life, only to find ... more
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Policing The Black Man: Arrest, Prosecution, and Imprisonment by Angela J. Davis, Bryan A. Stevenson, Marc Mauer, Bruce Western and Jeremy Travis - £11.99
A comprehensive, readable analysis of the key issues of the Black Lives Matter movement, this thought-provoking and compelling anthology features essays by some of the nation’s most influential and respected criminal justice experts and legal schol ... more
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The Fire This Time: A New Generation Speaks About Race by Jesmyn Ward - £17.99
THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER   A timely and groundbreaking collection of essays and poems about race in America edited by Jesmyn Ward, the first woman to win the National Book Award twice.   In this bestselling collection of essays and poems, ... more
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The Devils' Dance by Hamid Ismailov - £8.99
On New Year’s Eve 1938, the writer Abdulla Qodiriy is taken from his home by the Soviet secret police and thrown into a Tashkent prison. There, to distract himself from the physical and psychological torment of beatings and mindless interrogations, ... more
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When I Hit You by Meena Kandasamy - £8.99
LONGLISTED FOR THE WOMEN’S PRIZE FOR FICTION 2018 LONGLISTED FOR THE DYLAN THOMAS PRIZE 2018 SHORTLISTED FOR THE JHALAK PRIZE 2018  Guardian’s Best Books of 2017 Daily Telegraph’s Best Books of 2017 Observer Best Books of 2017 Fina ... more
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Kintu by Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi - £14.99
An award-winning debut that vividly reimagines Uganda's troubled history through the cursed bloodline of the Kintu clan.   The breathtaking debut from the winner of the Commonwealth Short Story Prize and the Windham-Campbell Prize for Fiction ... more
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Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward - £8.99
WINNER OF THE NATIONAL BOOK AWARD 2017 A TIME MAGAZINE BEST NOVEL OF THE YEAR and A NEW YORK TIMES TOP 10 OF 2017 Finalist for the Kirkus Prize Finalist for the Andrew Carnegie Medal  An intimate portrait of a family and an epic tale of hope a ... more
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Black Girls Rock! Owning Our Magic. Rocking Our Truth. by Beverly Bond (Editor) - £20.00
From the award-winning entrepreneur, culture leader, and creator of the BLACK GIRLS ROCK! movement comes an inspiring and beautifully designed book that pays tribute to the achievements and contributions of black women around the world.  Fuel ... more
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All You Need to Know... Slavery by James Walvin - £9.99
Nowadays slavery is condemned almost everywhere as an abomination. For centuries, however, it was freedom, not slavery, which was the unusual condition in most parts of the world. And while today slavery is most commonly associated with the movement ... more
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The Maid's Room by Fiona Mitchell - £8.99
For readers of The Help and The Invention of Wings, a searing and sweeping debut novel that gives a new and unforgettable perspective on modern day domestic workers.   Set in the blistering heat of Singapore, The Maid's Room follows the live ... more
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Bluebird, Bluebird by Attica Locke - £7.99
A powerful novel about the explosive intersection of love, race, and justice from a writer and producer of the Emmy winning Fox TV/Channel 4 show Empire.  When it comes to law and order, East Texas plays by its own rules - a fact that Darren ... more
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An Act of State: The Execution of Martin Luther King by William F. Pepper - £12.99
Fifty years after Martin Luther King Jr.'s assassination, we are still grappling with the familiar, difficult truths about race in America. The injustices he resisted are still a part of our everyday life, and racism is as much a driving force in our ... more
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The Golden Legend by Nadeem Aslam - £8.99
SHORTLISTED FOR THE JHALAK PRIZE 2018   For weeks, someone has been broadcasting people’s secrets from the minarets of the city’s mosques, striking fear into the hearts of Christians and Muslims alike. Then when shots ring out on the Grand ... more
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Kitchen by Banana Yoshimoto - £7.99
Kitchen juxtaposes two tales about mothers, transsexuality, bereavement, kitchens, love and tragedy in contemporary Japan. It is a startlingly original first work by Japan's brightest young literary star and is now a cult film.  When Kitchen ... more
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Night Sky with Exit Wounds by Ocean Vuong - £10.00
Winner of the 2017 T. S. Eliot Prize Winner of the 2017 Felix Dennis Prize for Best First Collection A Guardian / Daily Telegraph Book of the Year PBS Summer Recommendation  An extraordinary debut from a young Vietnamese American, Night Sk ... more
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The Secret Life of a Black Aspie: A Memoir by Anand Prahlad - £16.50
Anand Prahlad was born on a former plantation in Virginia in 1954. This memoir, vividly internal, powerfully lyrical, and brilliantly impressionistic, is his story.   For the first four years of his life, Prahlad didn’t speak. But his silenc ... more
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This Will Be My Undoing: Living at the Intersection of Black, Female, & Feminist in (White) America by Morgan Jerkins - £10.99
Named one of the Most Anticipated Books of 2018 by Esquire, Elle, Vogue, Nylon, The Millions, Refinery29, the Huffington Post, Book Riot, Bitch Media, Electric Literature, The Rumpus, Vol 1. Brooklyn, and Paperback Paris.  From one of the fie ... more
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A Separation by Katie Kitamura - £8.99
A young woman has agreed with her faithless husband: it's time for them to separate. For the moment it's a private matter, a secret between the two of them. As she begins her new life, alone, she gets word that her ex-husband has gone missing in a re ... more
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Coretta: My Life, My Love, My Legacy by Coretta Scott King and Rev. Dr. Barbara Reynolds - £10.99
The life story of Coretta Scott King, wife of Martin Luther King Jr. and singular twentieth-century American civil and human rights activist. "Coretta is more relevant today than ever... a female who takes responsibility for creating something bet ... more
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Stay With Me by Ayobami Adebayo - £8.99
“If the burden is too much and stays too long, even love bends, cracks, comes close to breaking”   Shortlisted for the 2017 Baileys Prize, this Nigerian debut is the heart-breaking tale of what wanting a child can do to a person, a mar ... more
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'I Was Transformed': Frederick Douglass: An American Slave in Victorian Britain by Laurence Fenton - £20.00
In the summer of 1845, Frederick Douglass, the young runaway slave catapulted to fame by his incendiary autobiography, Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave, arrived in Liverpool for the start of a near-two-year tour of Brita ... more
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Aphro-Ism: Essays on Pop Culture, Feminism, and Black Veganism from Two Sisters by Aph Ko and Syl Ko - £17.99
In this lively, accessible, and provocative collection, Aph and Syl Ko provide new theoretical frameworks on race, advocacy for nonhuman animals, and feminism.   Using popular culture as a point of reference for their critiques, the Ko sister ... more
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My Brother's Husband by Gengoroh Tagame - £16.99
Yaichi is a work-at-home suburban dad in contemporary Tokyo; formerly married to Natsuki, father to their young daughter, Kana. Their lives suddenly change with the arrival at their doorstep of a hulking, affable Canadian named Mike Flanagan, who dec ... more
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The Blacker the Berry... by Wallace Thurman - £12.99
The groundbreaking Harlem Renaissance novel about prejudice within the black community.  Emma Lou Morgan’s skin is black. So black that it’s a source of shame to her not only among the largely white community of her hometown of Boise, Id ... more
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Dance of the Jakaranda by Peter Kimani - £8.99
New York Times Notable Book of the Year   1963. Kenya is on the verge of independence from British colonial rule. In the Great Rift Valley, Kenyans of all backgrounds come together in the previously white-only establishment of the Jakaranda Ho ... more
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Meatless Days by Sara Suleri - £8.99
"Some of the more heart-shaking writing about love and grief I've ever read"(Kamila Shamsie, from the introduction) Meatless Days is a searing memoir of life in the newly-created country of Pakistan. When sudden and shocking tragedies hit the a ... more
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Once Upon A Time in the East: A Story of Growing up by Xiaolu Guo - £9.99
*Finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award 2017* *Shortlisted for the Costa Biography Award 2017* *Shortlisted for the Jhalak Prize 2018* *Selected as a 2017 Book of the Year in the Sunday Times*   Xiaolu Guo meets her parents for ... more
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What We Lose by Zinzi Clemmons - £8.99
A short, intense and profoundly moving debut novel about race, identity, sex and death – from one of the National Book Foundation’s 5 Under 35  Thandi is a black woman, but often mistaken for Hispanic or Asian.  She is American, but ... more
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Island People: The Caribbean and the World by Joshua Jelly-Schapiro - £12.99
A highly topical and accessible exploration of the Caribbean Islands, their history and peoples.  Shortlisted for the Edward Stanford Travel Writing Awards   In this fascinating travelogue, the product of almost a decade of travel and ... more
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Tong Sing: The Book of Wisdom Based on the Ancient Chinese Almanac by Dr Charles Windridge and Cheng Kam Fong - £14.99
The words 'Tong Sing' mean 'know everything book'.  No wonder the traditional Chinese almanac contains information on everything from astrology to herbal remedies, Taoist philosophy to the interpretation of dreams.  Drawing his inspiratio ... more
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The Refugees by Viet Thanh Nguyen - £8.99
The Refugees is a collection of perfectly formed stories written over a period of twenty years, exploring questions of immigration, identity, love, and family.  In The Refugees, Viet Thanh Nguyen gives voice to lives led between two worlds, t ... more
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Feel Free: Essays by Zadie Smith - £20.00
The one and only Zadie Smith, prize-winning, bestselling author of Swing Time and White Teeth, is back with a second unmissable collection of essays   No subject is too fringe or too mainstream for the unstoppable Zadie Smith. From social medi ... more
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Whatever Happened to Interracial Love? by Kathleen Collins - £8.99
It is the long, hot summer of 1963 and New York is filled with lovers, dreamers and protestors. Young African-American women grow out their hair and discover the taste of new freedoms. Young men, white and black, travel south to fight against segrega ... more
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Brit(ish): On Race, Identity and Belonging by Afua Hirsch - £16.99
Where are you really from?   You’re British. Your parents are British. You were raised in Britain. Your partner, your children and most of your friends are British.   So why do people keep asking you where you are from?   Brit(ish) is abou ... more
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When They Call You a Terrorist: A Black Lives Matter Memoir by Patrisse Khan-Cullors & asha bandele - £16.99
“Twelve. That was the year that I learned that being Black and poor defined me more than being bright and hopeful and ready.”   The powerful memoir of one of the co-founders of Black Lives Matter which explores how the movement was born.   ... more
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Dear Friend, From My Life I Write to You in Your Life by Yiyun Li - £9.99
A luminous memoir from the award-winning author of The Vagrants and A Thousand Years of Good Prayers.  'What a long way it is from one life to another. Yet why write if not for that distance?'  Startlingly original and shining with quiet wisd ... more
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Unseen: Unpublished Black History from the New York Times Photo Archives by Dana Canedy, Darcy Eveleigh, Damien Cave and Rachel L. Swarns - £22.99
Hundreds of stunning images from black history have long been buried in The New York Times archives. None of them were published by The Times – until now. Unseen uncovers these never-before published photographs and tells the stories behind them.&n ... more
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The Sea Migrations: Tahriib by Asha Lul Mohamud Yusuf - £12.00
Although Asha Lul Mohamud Yusuf has lived in exile in the UK for 20 years, she is fast emerging as one of the most outstanding Somali poets, as well as a powerful woman poet in a literary tradition still largely dominated by men. She is a master of t ... more
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Nothing Ever Dies: Vietnam and the Memory of War by Viet Thanh Nguyen - £12.95
All wars are fought twice, the first time on the battlefield, the second time in memory. From the author of the Pulitzer Prize–winning novel The Sympathizer comes a searching exploration of the conflict Americans call the Vietnam War and Vietnamese ... more
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I Can't Breathe: The Killing that Started a Movement by Matt Taibbi - £12.99
The incredible story of the death of Eric Garner, the birth of the Black Lives Matter movement and the new fault lines of race, protest, policing and the power of the people.   On July 17, 2014, a forty-three-year-old black man named Eric Garn ... more
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Notes of a Native Son by James Baldwin - £8.99
'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 ... more
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Lives of Great Men: Living and Loving as an African Gay Man by Chike Frankie Edozien - £11.99
From Victoria Island, Lagos to Brooklyn, U.S.A. to Accra, Ghana to Paris, France; from across the Diaspora to the heart of the African continent, in this memoir Nigerian journalist Chike Frankie Edozien offers a highly personal series of contemporary ... more
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We Were Eight Years in Power: An American Tragedy by Ta-Nehisi Coates - £16.99
NEW YORK TIMES #2 BESTSELLER LONGLISTED FOR THE CARNEGIE MEDAL 2018 "I've been wondering who might fill the intellectual void that plagued me after James Baldwin died. Clearly it is Ta-Nehisi Coates."(Toni Morrison) From 2008-2016, the leader ... more
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Exit West by Mohsin Hamid - £8.99
SHORTLISTED FOR THE MAN BOOKER PRIZE 2017  *One of Barack Obama's top ten books of 2017*  The Times Top 10 Bestseller Guardian Top 10 Bestseller The New York Times Top 5 Bestseller   Longlisted for the Carnegie Medal 2018 and finalist for ... more
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Black Moses by Alain Mabanckou - £8.99
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 Republic of Co ... more
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C.L.R. James: The Artist as Revolutionary by Paul Buhle - £14.99
C. L. R. James was a protean twentieth-century Marxist intellectual, widely recognized as a pioneering scholar of slave revolt; a leading voice of Pan-Africanism; a peripatetic revolutionary and scholar who was active in US and UK radical movements; ... more
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(H)afrocentric Comics: Volumes 1-4 by Juliana “Jewels” Smith, illustrated by Ronald Nelson - £17.99
Glyph Award winner Juliana “Jewels” Smith and illustrator Ronald Nelson have created an unflinching visual and literary tour-de-force on the most pressing issues of the day — including gentrification, police violence, and the housing crisis — ... more
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Black Tudors: The Untold Story by Miranda Kaufmann - £18.99
A Book of the Year for the Evening Standard and the Observer.   A black porter publicly whips a white Englishman in the hall of a Gloucestershire manor house. A Moroccan woman is baptised in a London church. Henry VIII dispatches a Mauritanian ... more
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Your Silence Will Not Protect You: Essays and Poems by Audre Lorde - £12.99
Audre Lorde (1934-1992) described herself as 'Black, lesbian, mother, warrior, poet'. Born in New York, she had her first poem published while still at school and her last the year she died of cancer. Her extraordinary belief in the power of language ... more
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