A Most Anticipated Book for 2020 according to The Sunday Times, the FT and the Guardian
A breathtaking tale of family secrets, from the international bestselling author of An American Marriage.
'My father, James Witherspoon, is a bigamist.' ... more
The Beauty of Your Face - by Sahar Mustafah - £8.99
Afaf Rahman, the daughter of Palestinian immigrants, is the principal of Nurrideen School for Girls, a Muslim school in the Chicago suburbs. One morning, a shooter―radicalized by the online alt-right―attacks the school.
As Afaf listens ... more
The Good Immigrant USA - by Nikesh Shukla and Chimene Suleyman (Editors) - £9.99
The Good Immigrant USA is a collection of twenty-six personal essays by writers and personalities exploring race, identity and culture, a follow up to the British Book Award nominated and crowdfunded publishing phenomenon, The Good Immigrant.
GU ... more
The Girl with the Louding Voice - by Abi Dare - £8.99
* AS RECOMMENDED BY MALALA YOUSAFZAI
* AN INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
* A TOP TEN SUNDAY POST BESTSELLERA STYLIST BEST BOOK OF 2020
All you have are your words.
Meet Adunni, a teenage girl born into a rural Nigerian village. Aged f ... more
Voices of the Windrush Generation - by David Matthews - £8.99
Foreword by West Indies Cricketer Sir Clive Lloyd.
Voices of the Windrush Generation is a powerful collection of stories from the men, women and children of the Windrush generation - West Indians who emigrated to Britain between 1948 and 197 ... more
Life as a Unicorn: A Journey from Shame to Pride and Everything in Between - by Amrou Al-Kadhi - £9.99
A heart-breaking and hilarious memoir about the author's fight to be true to themself.
WINNER OF A SOMERSET MAUGHAM AWARD
SHORTLISTED FOR THE POLARI FIRST BOOK PRIZE 2020
Amrou knew they were gay when, aged ten, they first laid e ... more
The Island of Sea Women - by Lisa See - £8.99
A new novel from Lisa See, the New York Times bestselling author of The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane, about female friendship and family secrets on a small Korean island.
Mi-ja and Young-sook, two girls living on the Korean island of Jeju, are ... more
Gun Island - by Amitav Ghosh - £8.99
Bundook. Gun. A common word, but one which turns Deen Datta's world upside down.
A dealer of rare books, Deen is used to a quiet life spent indoors, but as his once-solid beliefs begin to shift, he is forced to set out on an extraordinary journe ... more
100 Great Black Britons - by Patrick Vernon and Angelina Osborne - £20.00
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 1 ... more
Fattily Ever After: A Black Fat Girl's Guide to Living Life Unapologetically - by Stephanie Yeboah - £12.99
Stephanie Yeboah has experienced racism and fat-phobia throughout her life. From being bullied at school to being objectified and humiliated in her dating life, Stephanie's response to discrimination has always been to change the narrative around bod ... more
Loud Black Girls: 20 Black Women Writers Ask: What's Next? - by Yomi Adegoke and Elizabeth Uviebinene (Editors) - £14.99
An important and timely anthology of black British writing, edited and curated by the authors of the highly acclaimed, ground-breaking Slay In Your Lane.
Slay in Your Lane Presents: Loud Black Girls features essays from the diverse voices of tw ... more
New Daughters of Africa: An International Anthology of Writing by Women of African Descent - by Margaret Busby (Editor) - £14.99
Showcasing the work of more than 200 women writers of African descent, this major international collection celebrates their contributions to literature and international culture.
Twenty-five years ago, Margaret Busby’s groundbreaking anthology ... more
Diane Abbott: The Authorised Biography - by Robin Bunce and Samara Linton - £20.00
More than three decades after her election to Parliament, Diane Abbott is still racking up firsts. The first black woman elected to Parliament, she also recently became the first black person to represent their party at PMQs. Abbott came to fame in t ... more
The Shadow King - by Maaza Mengiste - £9.99
LONGLISTED FOR THE BOOKER PRIZE 2020
ETHIOPIA. 1935. With the threat of Mussolini's army looming, recently orphaned Hirut struggles to adapt to her new life as a maid.
Her new employer, Kidane, an officer in Emperor Haile Selassie's ... more
Black Spartacus: The Epic Life of Toussaint Louverture - by Sudhir Hazareesingh - £25.00
The definitive modern biography of the great slave leader, military genius and revolutionary hero Toussaint Louverture.
The Haitian Revolution began in the French Caribbean colony of Saint-Domingue with a slave revolt in August 1791, and culmina ... more
On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous - by Ocean Vuong - £8.99
**THE SUNDAY TIMES and NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER**
Brilliant, heartbreaking, tender, and highly original – poet Ocean Vuong's debut novel is a sweeping and shattering portrait of a family, and a testament to the redemptive power of storytellin ... more
SAFE: 20 Ways To Be a Black Man in Britain Today - by Derek Owusu - £9.99
What is the experience of Black men in Britain today? Never has the conversation about racism and inclusion been more important; there is no better time to explore this question and give Black British men a platform to answer it. SAFE: 20 Ways ... more
A Woman of Firsts: The Midwife Who Built a Hospital and Changed the World - by Edna Adan Ismail - £9.99
Imprisonment. Mutilation. Persecution. Edna Adan Ismail endured it all - for the women of Africa. A Woman of Firsts tells the inspirational story of a remarkable daughter, nurse and First Lady. The indomitable Edna Adan Ismail survived imprisonment ... more
What a Time to be Alone: The Slumflower's Guide to Why You Are Already Enough - by Chidera Eggerue - £12.99
In What A Time To Be Alone, The Slumflower will be your life guru, confidante and best friend. She'll show you that being alone is not just okay: it's just about the best freaking thing that's ever happened to you. As she says, 'You're bad as hell an ... more
Unapologetic: A Black, Queer, and Feminist Mandate for Radical Movements - by Charlene A. Carruthers - £11.99
A manifesto from one of America’s most influential activists which disrupts political, economic, and social norms by reimagining the Black Radical Tradition.
Drawing on Black intellectual and grassroots organizing traditions, including the Hai ... more
A Dutiful Boy: A Memoir of a Gay Muslim's Journey to Acceptance - by Mohsin ZaidI - £14.99
A coming of age memoir about growing up queer in a strict Muslim household. Mohsin grew up in a poor pocket of east London, in a devout shia Muslim community. His family were close-knit and religiously conservative.
From a young age, M ... more
How We Fight for Our Lives: A Memoir - by Saeed Jones - £10.99
Jones tells the story of a young, black, gay man from the South as he fights to carve out a place for himself, within his family, within his country, within his own hopes, desires, and fears.
Through a series of vignettes, Jones draws reade ... more
I Am Not Your Baby Mother - by Candice Brathwaite - £16.99
It's about time we made motherhood more diverse...
When Candice fell pregnant and stepped into the motherhood playing field, she found her experience bore little resemblance to the glossy magazine photos of women in horizontal stripe tops ... more
Where The Wild Ladies Are - by Aoko Matsuda, translated by Polly Barton - £9.99
Winner of an English PEN Award
Named a ‘new book you need to read in 2020‘ by i-D
Named a ‘best book of the year so far‘ by Tatler
Witty, inventive, and profound, Where the Wild Ladies Are is a contemporary feminist retelling of tr ... more
Manchester Happened - by Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi - £8.99
A stunning new story collection from Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi, acclaimed author of Kintu and winner of the Commonwealth Short Story Prize 2014 and the Windham-Campbell Prize for Fiction 2018.
If there's one thing the characters in Jennifer Mak ... more
So You Want to Talk About Race - by Ijeoma Oluo - £8.99
In So You Want to Talk About Race, editor-at-large of The Establishment Ijeoma Oluo offers a contemporary, accessible take on the racial landscape in America, addressing head-on such issues as privilege, police brutality, intersectionality, micro-ag ... more
Trouble Is What I Do - by Walter Mosley - £12.99
From innovative bestselling novelist Walter Mosley comes the return of the beloved Leonid McGill detective series featuring a morally ambiguous P.I. who solves crimes and whose victims are society’s most downtrodden.
Leonid McGill’s spen ... more
Naturally Tan: A Memoir - by Tan France - £9.99
THE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER
'The book is meant to spread joy, personal acceptance, and most of all understanding. Each of us is living our own private journey, and the more we know about each other, the healthier and happier the world will b ... more
Patsy - by Nicole Dennis-Benn - £8.99
From award-winning novelist Nicole Dennis-Benn comes this beautifully layered portrait of motherhood, immigration and sacrifice
A TIME MAGAZINE 'MUST READ BOOK OF 2019'
LONGLISTED FOR A PEN/FAULKNER AWARD 2020
Patsy yearns to es ... more
Forced Out: A Detective's Story of Prejudice and Resilience - by Kevin Maxwell - £14.99
Kevin Maxwell was a dream candidate for the police force – he had a long-held desire to serve his community, a strong moral compass and a clear aptitude for both the strategic and practical aspects of policing. And, as a gay black man from a workin ... more
The Ministry of Guidance - and Other Stories - by Golnoosh Nour - £7.99
Set mostly in Iran, but making forays to London, Germany, and the transit area of a Ukrainian airport, the stories are brilliantly deft in summoning up the dilemmas of their protagonists, be they characters who are kicking against the confines of the ... more
The Corner Shop: Shopkeepers, the Sharmas and the Making of Modern Britain - by Babita Sharma - £9.99
'I come from a hidden world: I am the daughter of shopkeepers. I've seen you on a Sunday morning, nipping out to get a pint of milk or to grab a newspaper. I came to know a lot about you; whether your politics leaned to the right or left, whether you ... more
A Golden Age - by Tahmima Anam - £8.99
A mother struggles to protect her children as Bangladesh fights for independence; winner of the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize and shortlisted for the Costa First Novel Award.
Spring, 1971, East Pakistan. Rehana Haque is throwing a party for ... more
Sensuous Knowledge: A Black Feminist Approach for Everyone - by Minna Salami - £14.99
In Sensuous Knowledge, Minna Salami draws on Africa-centric, feminist-first and artistic traditions to help us rediscover inclusive and invigorating ways of experiencing the world afresh.
Combining the playfulness of a storyteller with the ... more
A Black Women's History of the United States - by Daina Ramey Berry and Kali Nicole Gross - £22.50
A vibrant and empowering history that emphasizes the perspectives and stories of African American women to show how they are — and have always been — instrumental in shaping our country.
In centering Black women’s stories, two award-wi ... more
She Would Be King - by Wayétu Moore - £8.99
In the west African village of Lai, red-haired Gbessa is cursed at birth and exiled on suspicion of being a witch. Bitten by a viper and left for dead, she survives to discover a new life with a group of African American settlers in the colony of Mon ... more
Afropean: Notes from Black Europe - by Johny Pitts - £10.99
A Guardian Best Book of 2019 so far.
'Afropean. Here was a space where blackness was taking part in shaping European identity ... A continent of Algerian flea markets, Surinamese shamanism, German Reggae and Moorish castles. Yes, all this was pa ... more
The Undefeated - by Kwame Alexander, illustrated by Kadir Nelson - £6.99
This is for the unforgettable. The unafraid. The undefeated.
From New York Times bestselling-author Kwame Alexander comes this powerful and important ode to black history: the strength and bravery of everyday people and the grit, passion, and pe ... more
Taking Up Space: The Black Girl's Manifesto for Change - by Chelsea Kwakye and Ore Ogunbiyi - £8.99
As a minority in a predominantly white institution, taking up space is an act of resistance. Recent Cambridge grads Chelsea and Ore experienced this first-hand, and wrote Taking Up Space as a guide and a manifesto for change.
FOR BLACK GIRLS ... more
Gingerbread - by Helen Oyeyemi - £8.99
"A writer of sentences so elegant that they gleam"(Ali Smith, author of How to be Both)
Influenced by the mysterious place gingerbread holds in classic children's stories - equal parts wholesome and uncanny - beloved novelist Helen Oyeyemi inv ... more
My Name Is Why: A Memoir - by Lemn Sissay - £9.99
How does a government steal a child and then imprison him? How does it keep it a secret? This story is how.
At the age of seventeen, after a childhood in a foster family followed by six years in care homes, Norman Greenwood was given his birth c ... more
A People's History of Heaven - by Mathangi Subramanian - £8.99
LONGLISTED FOR A PEN/FAULKNER AWARD, 2020
A dazzling tribute to the resilience and determination of a remarkable community of women.
In the sprawling Bangalore slum of Heaven, five girls - Muslim, Christian and Hindu; gay and straight - for ... more
Shame On Me: An Anatomy of Race and Belonging - by Tessa McWatt - £14.99
"This remarkable meditation on beautiful, human bodies formed by the violence of slavery and by colonial shame resists categorisation, even as it shows up the ways in which categories of race and identity are no more than empty methods of social cont ... more
The Night Tiger - by Yangsze Choo - £8.99
They say a tiger that devours too many humans can take the form of a man and walk among us...
In 1930s colonial Malaya, a dissolute British doctor receives a surprise gift of an eleven-year-old Chinese houseboy. Sent as a bequest from an old ... more
Just Mercy - by Bryan Stevenson - £9.99
"From the frontlines of social justice comes one of the most urgent voices of our era. Bryan Stevenson is a real-life, modern-day Atticus Finch who, through his work in redeeming innocent people condemned to death, has sought to redeem the country it ... more
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 yakuza ... more
A Mouth Full of Blood: Essays, Speeches, Meditations - by Toni Morrison - £9.99
A vital new non-fiction collection from one of the most celebrated and revered writers of our time.
‘Word-work is sublime, she thinks, because it is generative; it makes meaning that secures our difference, our human difference—the way in wh ... more
It's Not About the Burqa: Muslim Women on Faith, Feminism, Sexuality and Race - by Mariam Khan (Editor) - £9.99
When was the last time you heard a Muslim woman speak for herself without a filter?
In 2016, Mariam Khan read that David Cameron had linked the radicalization of Muslim men to the ‘traditional submissiveness’ of Muslim women. Mariam felt pre ... more
Queenie - by Candice Carty-Williams - £8.99
Queenie Jenkins can’t cut a break. Well, apart from one from her long term boyfriend, Tom. That’s definitely just a break though. Definitely not a break up. Stuck between a boss who doesn’t seem to see her, a family who don’t seem to listen ( ... more
Me and White Supremacy: How to Recognise Your Privilege, Combat Racism and Change the World - by Layla Saad - £14.99
Me and White Supremacy teaches readers how to dismantle the privilege within themselves so that they can stop (often unconsciously) inflicting damage on people of colour, and in turn, help other white people do better, too.
When Layla Saad began ... more
Racism as Zoological Witchcraft: A Guide to Getting Out - by Aph Ko - £17.99
In this scintillating combination of critical race theory, social commentary, veganism, and gender analysis, media studies scholar Aph Ko offers a compelling vision of a reimagined social justice movement marked by a deconstruction of the conceptual ... more
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