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The Cartographer Tries to Map a Way to Zion by Kei Miller - £9.95
Winner of the 2014 Forward Prize for Best Collection   Shortlisted for the 2014 International Dylan Thomas Prize   In his new collection, acclaimed Jamaican poet Kei Miller dramatises what happens when one system of knowledge, one met ... more
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The Guest Cat by Takashi Hiraide - £7.99
An international bestseller. A charming and wonderful novel about a cat that brings joy into a couple's life.  The New York Times bestseller.  A couple in their thirties live in a small rented cottage in a quiet part of Tokyo. They work ... more
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The Good Children by Roopa Farooki - £7.99
From the twice Orange Prize Longlisted author of Bitter Sweets and The Flying Man. Perfect for any reader of Jhumpa Lahiri and Khamila Shamsie.   Leaving home is one thing. Surviving is another.   1940s Lahore, the Punjab. Two brother ... more
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The Lives of Others by Neel Mukherjee - £16.99
An epic saga telling the story of a Bengali family in Calcutta – exploring a family that is decaying as the society around it fractures, and one young man who tries to reimagine his place in the world.  ***Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2014*** ... more
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Gandhi Before India by Ramachandra Guha - £12.99
The first volume of the definitive biography of Gandhi, one of the most remarkable figures of the 20th century, from the great historian Ramachandra Guha.   The life of Mohandas Gandhi is one of the most remarkable and potent in the modern e ... more
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Black Firsts: 4,000 Ground-Breaking & Pioneering Historical Events by Jessie Carney Smith - £17.99
Achievement engenders pride, and the most significant accomplishments involving people, places, and events in black history are gathered in Black Firsts: 4,000 Ground-Breaking and Pioneering Events.  Barack Obama, Colin Powell, and Pinkney Benton St ... more
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Beggar's Feast by Randy Boyagoda - £8.99
Randy Boyagoda's Beggar's Feast is a tour de force of a novel set in Sri Lanka about a man living in defiance of fate.   Sam Kandy, born in 1899 in a poor village in the heart of Ceylon and abandoned by his family ten years later at the gates ... more
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Black Poppies: Britain's Black Community and the Great War by Stephen Bourne - £12.99
In 1914 Britain was home to at least 10,000 black Britons, many of African and West Indian heritage. Most of them were loyal to the ‘mother country’ when the First World War broke out. Despite being discouraged from serving in the British Army, men m ... more
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Black Panther: The Revolutionary Art of Emory Douglas by Emory Douglas, edited by Sam Durant - £19.95
A reformatted and reduced price edition of the first book to show the provocative posters and groundbreaking graphics of the Black Panther Party.   The Black Panther Party for Self Defense, formed in the aftermath of the assassination of Malc ... more
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I'm Ok, I'm Pig! by Kim Hyesoon, translated by Don Mee Choi - £12.00
Kim Hyesoon is one of South Korea’s most important contemporary poets. She began publishing in 1979 and was one of the first few women in South Korea to be published in Munhak kwa jisong (Literature and Intellect), one of two key journals which champ ... more
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Destination Cambodia by Walter Mason - £8.99
Join intrepid traveller Walter Mason - author of Destination Saigon - on a colourful adventure to one of the world's hottest new destinations. Meet taxi drivers, writers, hip -hop stars and monks as he traverses this extraordarily beautiful country.& ... more
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Black Star: Britain's Asian Youth Movements by Anandi Ramamurthy - £19.99
Black Star documents the vibrant Asian Youth Movements in 1970s and 80s Britain who struggled against the racism of the street and the state. Anandi Ramamurthy shows how they drew inspiration from Black Power movements as well as anti-imperialist and ... more
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Letters to a Young Generation by Amanda Wilson (Editor) - £6.99
Letters to a Young Generation is a collection of 13 letters from men who understand what it’s like to be a black male growing up in the United Kingdom; from actors to MPs, fashion designers to athletes.   Inspiring, humorous and most importantly ho ... more
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Feeding the Ghosts by Fred D'Aguiar - £8.99
'The sea is slavery.'   Inspired by a true story, this suspenseful and moving book chronicles an incident of courage and rebellion that took place aboard a disease-riddled slave ship, the Zong, returning from Africa. When illness threatens to ... more
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Barack Obama: The Making of the Man by David Maraniss - £9.99
In Barack Obama, David Maraniss has written a sweeping narrative which reveals the real story of Obama's beginnings: child of a black man from Luoland and a white woman born in Kansas. He charts the fortunes of the two disparate families, polar oppos ... more
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The Arch and the Butterfly by Mohammed Achaari - £12.99
As he prepares to leave for work one morning, Youssef al-Firsiwi finds a mysterious letter under his door. In a single devastating line he learns that his only son, Yacine, whom he believed to be studying engineering in Paris, has been killed in Afgh ... more
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The Last Storytellers: Tales from the Heart of Morocco by Richard Hamilton - £12.99
Marrakech is the heart and lifeblood of Morocco's ancient storytelling tradition. For nearly a thousand years, storytellers have gathered in the Jemaa el Fna, the legendary square of the city, to recount ancient folktales and fables to rapt audiences ... more
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Martin Luther King Jr.: Let Freedom Ring by Michael Teitelbaum & Lewis Helfand, illustrated by Naresh Kumar - £6.99
It seems unbelievable now that not even half a century ago, America was segregated. Everything depended on the colour of one’s skin, whether it was black or white. Access to schools, restaurants, parks, buses, or even water fountains was segregated. ... more
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Our Happy Time by Gong Ji-young - £7.99
Yujeong – beautiful, bright and wealthy – is in hospital recovering from her third suicide attempt. Angry at the world, she reluctantly accepts her no-nonsense aunt’s suggestion: to accompany her on charitable visits to inmates on death row.  ... more
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Măn by Kim Thúy - £8.99
Măn has three mothers: the one who gives birth to her in wartime, the nun who plucks her from a vegetable garden, and her beloved Maman, who becomes a spy to survive. Seeking security for her grown daughter, Maman finds Măn a husband - a lonely Vietn ... more
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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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The Shadow of the Crescent Moon by Fatima Bhutto - £7.99
Fatima Bhutto's stunning debut novel The Shadow of the Crescent Moon, begins and ends one rain swept Friday morning in Mir Ali, a small town in Pakistan's Tribal Areas close to the Afghan border.   Three brothers meet for breakfast. Soon aft ... more
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Japanese Woodblocks: Masterpieces of Art by Michael Robinson - £12.99
Woodblock printing is a traditional artistic medium in Japan most renowned for its use in ukiyo-e or 'floating world' prints. Both moving and mesmerising, this medium captures scenes with considerable atmosphere and vibrancy whether it be crashing wa ... more
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I am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban by Malala Yousafzai and Christina Lamb - £7.99
The highly anticipated memoir of Malala Yousafzai, the schoolgirl from Pakistan's Swat region who stood up to the Taliban.  I come from a country which was created at midnight. When I almost died it was just after midday.   When the Taliban to ... 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 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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