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Black History Month reading list

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October is Black History Month, and our friends over at the Cambridge Literary Festival have put together a reading list to celebrate, as well as a collection of audio and video from the festival’s archive. You can watch three great past events for free: Tayari Jones discussing An American Marriage with Alex Clark; David Olusoga speaking at the 2018 festival; and Afua Hirsch in conversation with Preti Taneja on Brit(ish). Get access the whole collection by signing up for the CLF Player.

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A TLS, FINANCIAL TIMES, NEW STATESMAN, GUARDIAN AND OBSERVER BOOK OF THE YEARFrom award-winning writer Claudia Rankine, the stunning follow-up to Citizen and Don't Let Me Be Lonely 'Audacious, revelatory, devastating' Robin DiAngelo At home…

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LONGLISTED FOR THE ORWELL PRIZE FOR POLITICAL FICTION, 2019…

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Give the gift of joy and hope with Booker Prize-winning Girl, Woman, Other BRITISH BOOK AWARDS AUTHOR & FICTION BOOK OF THE YEAR 2020 THE SUNDAY TIMES 1# BESTSELLER'The most absorbing book I read all year.' Roxane Gay…

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THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER'Not everything is lost. Responsibility cannot be lost, it can only be abdicated. If one refuses abdication, one begins again.' JAMES BALDWINA searing indictment of racial injustice in America - inspired by the…

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'His book reads as an inspirational text (Emmanuel is an altruistic entrepreneur and activist who started his first charity as a teenager), and a rousing heartfelt testimony in which self-love trumps self-loathing ... his graceful book…

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**Winner of the 2020 Sunday Times/University of Warwick Young Writer of the Year Award**Jay Bernard's extraordinary debut is a fearless exploration of the New Cross Fire of 1981, a house fire at a birthday party in which thirteen young…

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*A NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER*'This visionary and deeply evocative debut carves a radiant love story out of the bleakest of landscapes.' Waterstones - Best Books to Look Out For in 2021'An Outstanding novel' Guardian'A lyrical, poetic novel'…

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Winner of the Dylan Thomas Prize 2021Longlisted for the Women's Prize For Fiction 2021The Sunday Times Bestseller'A book of pure fineness, exceptional.' Diana Evans, Guardian'A giddy joy, crafted with mischievous perfection.' Mail on…

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LONGLISTED FOR THE GORDON BURN PRIZEMrs Death tells her intoxicating story in this life-affirming fire-starter of a novelMrs Death has had enough. She is exhausted from spending eternity doing her job and now she seeks someone to unburden…

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*Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year 2019* Winner of the Rathbones Folio Prize 2019 * Winner of the Ted Hughes Award 2018 * Winner of the Somerset Maugham Award * Shortlisted for the Jhalak Prize *…

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WINNER OF THE DESMOND ELLIOTT PRIZE 2020___________________________________'A singular achievement.'Michael Donkor, Guardian'Heartbreaking, important and original.' Christie Watson, author of THE LANGUAGE OF KINDNESS'Derek Owusu's writing…

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AN OBSERVER TOP TEN DEBUT 2020'Sensuous and thrillingly well written', Observer 'When did you last read a novel about a young, black, gay, Jehovah Witness man from Wolverhampton who flees his community to make his way in London as a…

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From Afua Hirsch - co-presenter of Samuel L. Jackson's major BBC TV series Enslaved - the Sunday Times bestseller that reveals the uncomfortable truth about race and identity in Britain today.You're British.Your parents are British.Your…

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'[A] comprehensive and important history of black Britain . . . Written with a wonderful clarity of style and with great force and passion.' - Kwasi Kwarteng, Sunday TimesIn this vital re-examination of a shared history, historian and…

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Breaking the Maafa Chain chronicles two sisters' struggle for true freedom in the mid-nineteenth century, when transporting slaves from Africa to America was an illegal but lucrative businessNineteenth century—Two sisters,…

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'Diamond-sharp, timely and urgent' Observer, Best Debuts of 2021'Subtle, elegant, scorching... The literary debut of the summer' Vogue'Virtuosic, exquisite, achingly unique' Guardian 'I'm full of the hope, on reading it, that this is the…

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The powerful, urgent manifesto on never giving up from Booker prize-winning trailblazer, Bernardine EvaristoBernardine Evaristo's 2019 Booker win - the first by a Black woman - was a revolutionary moment both for British culture and for…

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THE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER'This remarkable book shines the brightest of lights into some of the darkest and most misunderstood corners of our shared history' James O'Brien_____________________________________________________In his…

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