This non-fiction and deeply moving book was written as a letter to the authors teenage son about the feelings and realities associated with being black in the United States. He discusses the fear that has existed since his childhood in poetic prose including some of his own experiences of being a black man in America.
This bold novel is both a love story and political statement about the affects of globalisation and the human cost of military conflict. As people begin to flee to America from Nigeria, including teenagers Ifemelu and Obinze, they suffer all defeats and triumphs whilst navigating something they have never had to consider back home: race.
In 2014, award-winning journalist Reni Eddo-Lodge wrote a piece on her blog, entitled: 'Why I'm No Longer Talking to White People About Race.’ The post revealed her frustrations around discussions of race being led by those who weren’t affected by it, and quickly went viral. Her book of the same title, follows on from that exploring issues from eradicated black history and the inextricable link between class and race, and is one of the best places to start to understand the nature of white privilege in detail.
A deserving Booker winner, Evaristo’s foray into ‘fusion fiction’ is a multifaceted tapestry of black lives in Britain. Told from the perspectives of 11 black women and one black non-binary person, Girl, Woman, Other will take you on a journey around the globe and across the UK (including the North East!), tackling themes of identity, sexuality, domestic abuse, race and the relationship between parent and child. Captivating and original, the stories are told in poetry-like prose as Evaristo shuns traditional full stops in favour of a unique stream-of-consciousness narrative that will make you feel like you’re in the very heads of the narrators. A must read.
This book is a mission to make motherhood more inclusive, but, it is also, by no means, a read exclusive to those who have experienced being a mum first hand. Candice offers a commentary on the statistic that black British mothers in the UK are five times more likely to die during childbirth, what it means to be a black British mother, and the details of her own experiences during her daughter Esmé’s troubled entry into the world.
Queenie is smart and funny, the first college graduate in her family and now working as a journalist – but she’s also struggling with anxiety, depression and PTSD. At just 25, she’s close to a breakdown. With her mother brainwashed by her abusive lover, Queenie has been living alone since the age of 11. But, as her neighbourhood in South London begins to feel less like home, difficulties at work begin to arise, and a break-up with her longterm boyfriend just about causes everything to come crashing down at once. Expect a darkly comic and brutally honest depiction of a young black woman navigating her way through a very difficult world.