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The Gonjon Pin and Other Stories: The Caine Prize for African Writing 2014 by Various authors - £8.99
The Caine Prize for African Writing 2014 brings together the five shortlisted authors' stories along with 12 other stories from the best new writers.  Insightful, arresting and entertaining - this collection reflects the richness and range of current ... more
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A Parallel Life by Bonnie Greer - £14.99
Standing on the corner of Michigan Avenue, in the middle of the biggest blizzard of the decade and at the height of the rush hour, I yelled into the driving snow and howling Arctic wind: OK! After playing the role of good daughter, great sister, best ... more
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Blacks in and Out of the Left by Michael C. Dawson - £18.95
The radical black left that played a crucial role in twentieth-century struggles for equality and justice has largely disappeared. Michael Dawson investigates the causes and consequences of the decline of black radicalism as a force in American polit ... more
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Calcutta: Two Years in the City by Amit Chaudhuri - £8.99
In 1999, Amit Chaudhuri moved back to Calcutta, the city in which he was born. It was a place he had loved in his youth and the place he had made his name writing about. But upon his return he discovered that the Calcutta of his imagination had reced ... more
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The Best of All Possible Worlds by Karen Lord - £8.99
This is a story of hope. Grace Delarua, a civil servant with the government of Cygnus Beta, remembers when the Sadiri arrived on their planet, a galactic hinterland for pioneers and refugees.  This is a story of survival. Dllenahkh, leader of the ... more
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The World Will Follow Joy: Turning Madness into Flowers (New Poems) by Alice Walker - £10.99
A dazzling collection of new poems from the Pulitzer Prize winner. "This tireless activist has freed her mischievous, sensual, and spiritual poetic self to write of nature, love, friendship, courage, and generosity with playful and crooning lyrici ... more
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Spirit Rising: My Life, My Music by Angélique Kidjo, with Rachel Wenrick - £20.00
Grammy Award-winning singer Angélique Kidjo is known for her electrifying voice and fearless advocacy work. In this intimate memoir, she reveals how she escaped Communist Africa to make her dreams a reality, and how she's prompting others all around ... more
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Marriage Material by Sathnam Sanghera - £8.99
An epic tale of family, love, and politics spanning the twentieth century, told with humour, tenderness and insight by one of Britain’s most promising young writers.   Shortlisted for the Costa First Novel Award  If you’ve approached Bains Stor ... more
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Bob Marley: Reggae King of the World by Malika Lee Whitney & Dermott Hussey - £19.99
A picture scrapbook with over 300 colour/black and white photographs, full of memorabilia and information about the life of the legendary Bob Marley.  With foreword by his widow, Rita Marley, and a wealth of interviews with those who were closes ... more
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Brooklyn Heights by Miral al-Tahawy - £7.99
A novel of displacement and discovery from one of Egypt's most exciting new voices.   Hend, an Arabic teacher and would-be writer in her late thirties, emigrates to the United States from Cairo with her eight-year-old son after the painful bre ... more
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Crossbones by Nurudin Farah - £9.99
A dozen years after his last visit, Jeebleh returns to his beloved Mogadiscio to see old friends. He is accompanied by his son-in-law, Malik, a journalist intent on covering the region's ongoing turmoil. What greets them at first is not the chaos Jee ... more
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Three Strong Women by Marie NDiaye, translated by John Fletcher - £7.99
Three women who almost had it all...  Norah thinks she has made it when she qualifies as a lawyer in Paris; Fanta works her way into a prestigious teaching job in her home city; Khady runs a cafe with her loving husband – now all she wants is ... more
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His Day is Done: A Nelson Mandela Tribute by Maya Angelou - £12.99
He was a son of Africa who became father to a nation and, for billions of people around the world, a beacon of hope, courage, and perseverance in the face of opposition. Now, acclaimed poet Maya Angelou honors the life and remarkable soul of Nelson M ... more
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Ad-Liberation by Sai Murray - £8.99
Sai Murray follows in the committed political footsteps of Gil Scott-Heron, Adrian Mitchell and Linton Kwesi Johnson, while delighting in the kind of punk wordplay that brought fame to John Cooper Clarke. His dramatic performances have earned him an ... more
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One Thousand and One Nights by Hanan Al-Shaykh - £8.99
One Thousand and One Nights are the never-ending stories told by Shahrazad under sentence of death to King Shahrayar. Maddened by the discovery of his wife's orgies, King Shahrayar vows to marry a virgin every night and kill her in the morning. To su ... more
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The American Crucible: Slavery, Emancipation and Human Rights by Robin Blackburn - £14.99
How slavery shaped the market economy and abolitionists gave us our ideals.   The American Crucible furnishes a vivid and authoritative history of the rise and fall of slavery in the Americas. For over three centuries enslavement promoted th ... more
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The Lowland by Jhumpa Lahiri - £8.99
SHORTLISTED FOR THE MAN BOOKER PRIZE 2013 and the NATIONAL BOOK AWARD 2013.   From Subhash’s earliest memories, at every point, his brother was there. In the suburban streets of Calcutta where they wandered before dusk and in the hyacinth-stre ... more
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A God in Every Stone by Kamila Shamsie - £16.99
July 1914. Young Englishwoman Vivian Rose Spencer is running up a mountainside in an ancient land, surrounded by figs and cypresses. Soon she will discover the Temple of Zeus, the call of adventure, and the ecstasy of love. Thousands of miles away a ... more
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Before the Windrush: Race Relations in 20th-Century Liverpool by John Belchem - £19.99
Long before the arrival of the ‘Empire Windrush’ after the Second World War, Liverpool was widely known for its polyglot population, its boisterous ‘sailortown’ and cosmopolitan profile of transients, sojourners and settlers. Regarding Britain as the ... more
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Black Salt: Seafarers of African Descent on British Ships by Ray Costello - £19.99
During the Age of Sail, black seamen could be found in many shipboard roles in the Royal Navy, such as gunners, deck-hands and ‘top men’, working at heights in the rigging. In the later Age of Steam, black seamen were more likely to be found on merch ... more
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Martin's Dream: My Journey and the Legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. by Clayborne Carson - £10.99
On August 28, 1963, hundreds of thousands of demonstrators flocked to the nation’s capital for the March on Washington. That day Clayborne Carson, a 19-year-old black student from a working-class family in New Mexico who had hitched a ride to Washing ... more
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Men We Reaped: A Memoir by Jesmyn Ward - £16.99
"...And then we heard the rain falling, and that was the drops of blood falling; and when we came to get the crops, it was dead men that we reaped."(Harriet Tubman) In five years, Jesmyn Ward lost five men in her life, to drugs, accidents, suicid ... more
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The City of Devi by Manil Suri - £8.99
Armed only with a pomegranate, Sarita ventures into the empty streets of Mumbai, on the eve of its threatened nuclear annihilation. She is looking for her physicist husband Karun, who has been missing for over a fortnight. She is soon joined on her q ... more
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Hip Hop Family Tree Vol. 1: 1970s-1981 by Ed Piskor - £17.99
The lore of the early days of hip hop has become the stuff of myth, so what better way to document this fascinating, epic true story than in another great American mythological medium — the comic book? From exciting young talent and self-proclaimed h ... more
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Mom and Me and Mom by Maya Angelou - £8.99
For the first time, Maya Angelou - one of America's most celebrated memoirists and poets - shares the deepest personal story of her life: the story of her relationship with her mother.  'In the first decade of the twentieth century, it was no ... more
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The Skinning Tree by Srikumar Sen - £7.99
Set against the Japanese advance on India during the Second World War, The Skinning Tree centres on the nine-year-old Sabby, who lives in a Calcutta family where sophisticated British habits such as bridge and dinner parties co-exist with Indian valu ... more
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Five Star Billionaire by Tash Aw - £8.99
Longlisted for the 2013 Man Booker Prize, the overlapping lives of five newcomers to China’s most dynamic city are the subject of this kaleidoscopic novel.   Welcome to Shanghai. A restless metropolis where old traditions collide with new ambi ... more
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The Bathing Women by Tie Ning - £8.99
Longlisted for the Man Asian Literary Prize and a modern Chinese classic with over one million copies sold.  Sisters Tiao and Fan grew up in the shadow of the Cultural Revolution where they witnessed ritual humiliation and suffering. They als ... more
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The Hen Who Dreamed She Could Fly by Sun-mi Hwang - £9.99
This is the story of a hen named Sprout. No longer content to lay eggs on command only to have them carted off to the market, she glimpses her future every morning through the barn doors, where the other animals roam free, and comes up with a plan to ... more
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Gandhi: My Life is My Message by Jason Quinn, illustrated by Sachin Nagar - £8.99
How did this shy, unassuming lawyer transform himself into the leader of India’s freedom movement? Renouncing wealth, ambition, and comfort, Gandhi led by example, becoming one with the people he sought to free, facing imprisonment, hardship, and hum ... more
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Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie - £8.99
From the award-winning author of Half of a Yellow Sun, a powerful story of love, race and identity.   As teenagers in Lagos, Ifemelu and Obinze fall in love. Their Nigeria is under military dictatorship, and people are fleeing the country if t ... more
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Gandhi: A Political and Spiritual Life by Kathryn Tidrick - £12.99
A major reinterpretation of Gandhi’s life, politics, religion and nation.  Throughout his long and turbulent career as a political leader, first in South Africa and then in India, Gandhi sought to fulfil his religious aspirations through politi ... more
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How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia by Mohsin Hamid - £7.99
Mohsin Hamid's How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia is a bold new novel for the modern world.   In this keenly-awaited follow-up to his bestselling The Reluctant Fundamentalist, Mohsin Hamid confirms his place as a radically inventive story-tell ... more
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Sketcher by Roland Watson-Grant - £7.99
Nine-year-old “Skid” Beaumont’s family is stuck in the mud. Following his father’s decision to relocate and build a new home, based on a drunken vision that New Orleans would rapidly expand eastwards into the wetlands as a result of the Seventies oil ... more
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The Sea of Innocence by Kishwar Desai - £7.99
Goa, south India. A beautiful holiday hideaway where hippies and backpackers while away the hours. But beneath the clear blue skies lies a dirty secret...  Simran Singh is desperate for a break and some time away from her busy job as a social w ... more
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"In a Single Garment of Destiny": A Global Vision of Justice by Martin Luther King Jr., Edited and Introduced by Lewis V. Baldwin - £13.99
An unprecedented and timely collection that captures the global vision of Dr. King — in his own words.   Too many people continue to think of Dr. King only as "a southern civil rights leader" or "an American Gandhi," thus ignoring his impact o ... more
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Africa's Peacemakers: Nobel Peace Laureates of African Descent by Adekeye Adebajo - £14.99
As Africa and its diaspora commemorate fifty years of post-independence Pan-Africanism, this unique volume provides profound insight into the thirteen prominent individuals of African descent who have won the Nobel Peace Prize since 1950.   From th ... more
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Seduce by Desiree Reynolds - £8.99
In this remarkable debut novel, told in prose that is poetic, delicate, vulgar and slyly funny, Desiree Reynolds has powerful things to say about race, class and the struggle between men and women.   Desiree Reynolds is an important new Black ... more
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Fierce Angels: Living with a Legacy from the Sacred Dark Feminine to the Strong Black Woman by Sheri Parks - £15.99
The “Strong Black Woman” has been a part of mainstream culture for centuries, as a myth, a goddess, a positive role model, a stereotype, and as a burden. In Fierce Angels, Sheri Parks explores the concept of the Strong Black Woman, its influence on p ... more
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The Lure of the Honey Bird: The Storytellers of Ethiopia by Elizabeth Laird - £12.99
In 1967, at the age of 23, Elizabeth Laird set off for Addis Ababa to take up her first teaching post. She was introduced to Haile Selassie, made a pilgrimage across the mountains on foot to the ancient city of Lalibela, hitched a ride on an oil tank ... more
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Draupadi: The Fire-Born Princess by Saraswati Nagpal - £7.99
"In an ancient age, when gods and mortals walked the earth together..."   ...A mysterious prophecy resounds for all to hear, and the bewitchingly beautiful princess Draupadi arises from a sacred fire. Draupadi is in love with Arjuna, the Panda ... more
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The Hope Factory by Lavanya Sankaran - £7.99
Where innocence, deceit and love collide.   Anand is a Bangalore success story: successful, well-married, rich. At least, that's how he appears. But if his little factory is to grow, he needs land and money and, in the New India, neither of these i ... more
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Origins of Love by Kishwar Desai - £7.99
In Delhi a small baby lies alone and abandoned. The product of IVF and surrogacy, she had been so coveted - until she was born with a fatal illness. No one knows how the infection could have been transferred to the child, but one thing is certain: no ... more
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Granddaughter of the Windrush by Barbara Maria Nnaemeka - £10.99
Barbara Nnaemeka had no idea what was in store for her when she set out from her home in Barbados in 1966 to study nursing in England. An idealistic teenager straight out of school, accustomed to warm, sunny days spent in a secure family environment, ... more
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Manila Noir by Jessica Hagedorn (Editor) - £9.99
Launched with the summer ’04 award-winning best-seller Brooklyn Noir, Akashic Books continues its groundbreaking series of original noir anthologies. Each book is comprised of all-new stories, each one set in a distinct neighborhood or location withi ... more
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American Dervish by Ayad Akhtar - £7.99
A stirring and explosive debut novel about an American Muslim family's struggling with faith and belonging.  Hayat Shah was captivated by Mina long before he met her: his mother's beautiful, brilliant friend is a family legend. When he learns t ... more
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Rastafari: A Very Short Introduction by Ennis B. Edmonds - £7.99
A timely introduction to a rapidly growing religious movement Covers all aspects of the movement - its history, practice, and its global spread Discusses gender issues within Rastafari Examines its influence on cultural and artistic production in ... more
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Ghana Must Go by Taiye Selasi - £7.99
Electric, exhilarating, and beautifully crafted, Ghana Must Go introduces the world to Taiye Selasi, a novelist of extraordinary talent. In a sweeping narrative that takes readers from Accra to Lagos to London to New York, it is at once a portrait of ... more
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There Was a Country: A Personal History of Biafra by Chinua Achebe - £9.99
Chinua Achebe, the author of Things Fall Apart, is a writer whose moral courage and storytelling gifts have left an enduring stamp on world literature. There Was a Country is his long-awaited account of coming of age during the defining experience of ... more
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Sounds Like London: 100 Years of Black Music in the Capital by Lloyd Bradley - £12.99
For as long as people have been migrating to London, so has their music. An essential link to home, music also has the power to shape communities in surprising ways. Black music has been part of London's landscape since the First World War, when the ... more
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Travel Light Travel Dark by John Agard - £9.95
John Agard has been broadening the canvas of British poetry for the past 35 years with his mischievous, satirical fables which overturn all our expectations. And he has just received the Queen’s Gold Medal for Poetry from Her Majesty the Queen. In th ... more
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