James Baldwin, 1924 – 1987

Our Author of the Month for April is the American novelist, essayist, playwright and poet James Baldwin. Dismayed by the racism and homophobia of his native country, Baldwin lived for most of his life in France, where he wrote the novels, essays and poems which made him famous, but his theme was always America. In 1963, Time magazine wrote of him ‘There is not another writer who expresses with such poignancy and abrasiveness the dark realities of the racial ferment in North and South.’

Another Country

James Baldwin, introduction by Colm Tóibín

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After Rufus Scott, an embittered and unemployed black jazz-musician commits suicide, his sister Ida and old friend Vivaldo become lovers. Yet their feelings for each other ...

Giovanni’s Room

James Baldwin, introduction by Caryl Phillips

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Set in the 1950s Paris of American expatriates, liaisons, and violence, this title presents a story of a fated love triangle that explores the conflicts between desire, ...

£10.99

Going to Meet the Man

James Baldwin

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Features stories that explore the roots of love, murder and racial conflict. This book unlocks the concepts of history and prejudice and probes beneath the skin to the soul.

£12.00

Just Above My Head

James Baldwin

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Explores how gospel singer Arthur Montana discovers his love for Jimmy and portrays how profoundly racial politics can shape the private business of love.

£16.99

Go Tell it on the Mountain

James Baldwin, introduction by Andrew O’Hagan

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Presents a semi-autobiographical exploration of the troubled life of the Grimes family in Harlem during the Depression.

Giovanni’s Room

James Baldwin

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David has just proposed marriage to his American girlfriend, but while she is away on a trip he becomes involved in a doomed affair with a bartender named Giovanni. This ...

£12.99

I Am Not Your Negro

James Baldwin

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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 ...