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Love + Hate: Stories and Essays by Hanif Kureishi - £9.99
Hate skews reality even more than love.   In the story of a Pakistani woman who has begun a new life in Paris, an essay about the writing of Kureishi's acclaimed film Le Week-End, and an account of Kafka's relationship with his father, readers ... more
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The Beautiful Struggle: A Memoir by Ta-Nehisi Coates - £9.99
The Beautiful Struggle is an extraordinary memoir from the most important new voice in the US race debate and the author of New York Times bestseller list no. 1 Between the World and Me, hailed by Toni Morrison as “required reading.”   This small a ... more
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Becoming Richard Pryor by Scott Saul - £9.99
A major biography — intimate, gripping, revelatory — of an artist who revolutionized American comedy.  Richard Pryor may have been the most unlikely star in Hollywood history. Raised in his family’s brothels, he grew up an outsider to privilege. H ... more
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Don't Let Him Know by Sandip Roy - £8.99
In a boxy apartment building in an American university town, Romola Mitra, a young bride, anxiously awaits her first letter from home in India. When she accidentally opens the wrong letter, it changes her life. Decades later, her son Amit finds the l ... more
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Paul Robeson: The Artist as Revolutionary by Gerald Horne - £12.99
A world-famous singer and actor, a trained lawyer, an early star of American professional football and a polyglot who spoke over a dozen languages. These could be the crowning achievements of a life well-lived, yet for Paul Robeson the higher calling ... more
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The Maestro, The Magistrate & The Mathematician by Tendai Huchu - £8.99
Three very different men struggle with thoughts of belonging, loss, identity and love as they attempt to find a place for themselves in Britain.   The Magistrate tries to create new memories and roots, fusing a wandering exploration of Edinbu ... more
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I'll Never Write My Memoirs by Grace Jones - £20.00
Born in 1948 into a family of ministers in Kingston, Jamaica, the statuesque and strikingly beautiful Grace Jones lived with her family in Syracuse, NY, before launching a career as a model in New York City. Gaining fame as the cover girl for such pu ... more
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Black Tommies: British Soldiers of African Descent in the First World War by Ray Costello - £14.99
Black Tommies is the first book entirely dedicated to the part played by soldiers of African descent in the British regular army during the First World War. If African colonial troops have been ignored by historians, the existence of any substantial ... more
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This Muslim American Life: Dispatches from the War on Terror by Moustafa Bayoumi - £13.99
Over the last few years, Moustafa Bayoumi has been an extra in Sex and the City 2 playing a generic Arab, a terrorist suspect (or at least his namesake “Mustafa Bayoumi” was) in a detective novel, the subject of a trumped-up controversy because a boo ... more
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John Crow's Devil by Marlon James - £8.99
With language as taut as classic works by Cormac McCarthy and a richness reminiscent of early Toni Morrison, this stunning debut is set in James’s native Jamaica.   On a day beginning with a bad omen - black vultures, locally called John Crows ... more
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Letters to a Young Generation 2: 17 Inspirational Letters to the Next Generation of Women by Amanda Wilson - £6.99
In this new book of letters, 17 women share their experiences of growing up in the UK as a black female. Heartfelt and honest, they offer words of wisdom and encouragement to the next generation. Contributions from: Sinitta, Bianca Miller, Ms Dynamit ... more
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One Point Two Billion by Mahesh Rao - £9.99
1.2 billion people live in India, making it one of the most populous places on earth. It’s a nation of extremes, exhilarating in its diversity, and torn between ancient traditions and the shock of modernity.  Mahesh Rao writes about the tapestry ... more
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Queering Post-Black Art: Artists Transforming African-American Identity After Civil Rights by Derek Conrad Murray - £16.99
What impact do sexual politics and queer identities have on the understanding of blackness as a set of visual, cultural and intellectual concerns?   In Queering Post-Black Art, Derek Conrad Murray argues that the rise of female, gay and lesbian ar ... more
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Telling Tales by Patience Agbabi - £9.99
SHORTLISTED FOR THE TED HUGHES PRIZE 2015  Tabard Inn to Canterb'ry Cathedral, Poet pilgrims competing for free picks, Chaucer Tales, track by track, it's the remix From below-the-belt base to the topnotch; I won't stop all the clocks with ... more
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Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates - £10.99
Winner, Kirkus Prize for Non-Fiction, United States, 2015 Shortlisted, National Book Award for Non-Fiction, United States, 2015  In the 150 years since the end of the Civil War and the ratification of the Thirteenth Amendment, the story of r ... more
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The Mystery Feast: Thoughts on Storytelling by Ben Okri - £3.99
‘In every moment, we are part of the infinite stories that the universe is telling us and that we are telling the universe.’   Packed with ideas and inspiration, The Mystery Feast offers numerous pathways into the magical world of storytelling ... more
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Beasts of No Nation by Uzodinma Iweala - £8.99
Official tie-in to the Netflix Original Film featuring Idris Elba (Thor, Prometheus and Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom) and directed by Cary Fukunaga (Jane Eyre).   Agu is just a boy when war arrives at his village. His mother and sister are re ... more
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X: A Novel by Ilyasah Shabazz, with Kekla Magoon; - £12.99
I am Malcolm. I am my father’s son. But to be my father’s son means that they will always come for me. They will always come for me, and I will always succumb.   Malcolm Little's parents have always told him that he can achieve anything, but fr ... more
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Closure: Contemporary Black British Short Stories by Various authors - £9.99
As the narrative mode across cultures and time, the short story form wings from oral “folktales” to myths of origin, from parables of caution to contemporary narratives of disclosure, disquiet and discovery. Humans have always valued the short story ... more
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Geisha of a Different Kind: Race and Sexuality in Gaysian America by C. Winter Han - £17.99
In gay bars and nightclubs across America, and in gay-oriented magazines and media, the buff, macho, white gay man is exalted as the ideal — the most attractive, the most wanted, and the most emulated type of man. For gay Asian American men, often vi ... more
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My Grandfather Would Have Shot Me: A Black Woman Discovers Her Family's Nazi Past by Jennifer Teege and Nikola Sellmair - £8.99
An international bestseller, this is the extraordinary and moving memoir of a woman who learns that her grandfather was Amon Goeth, the brutal Nazi commandant depicted in Schindler's List.   When Jennifer Teege, a German-Nigerian woman, happ ... more
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Season of the Rainbirds by Nadeem Aslam - £8.99
The highly acclaimed and Betty Trask Award winning debut from the author of Maps for Lost Lovers.   A sack of letters lost in a train crash nineteen years previously has mysteriously reappeared, and the inhabitants of a small town in Pakistan ... more
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The Lost Child by Caryl Phillips - £8.99
Caryl Phillips’s The Lost Child is a sweeping story of orphans and outcasts, haunted by the past and fighting to liberate themselves from it. At its centre is Monica Johnson, cut off from her parents after falling in love with a foreigner, and her bi ... more
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Lost Japan by Alex Kerr - £9.99
An enchanting and fascinating insight into Japanese landscape, culture, history and future.   Originally written in Japanese, this passionate, vividly personal book draws on the author's experiences in Japan over thirty years. Alex Kerr brings ... more
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The Age of Magic by Ben Okri - £7.99
'The Age of Magic has begun. Unveil your eyes.'   Eight weary film-makers, travelling from Paris to Basel, arrive at a small Swiss hotel on the shores of a luminous lake. Above them, strewn with lights that twinkle in the darkness, looms the tower ... more
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Boy, Snow, Bird by Helen Oyeyemi - £7.99
The fifth novel from award-winning author Helen Oyeyemi, who was named in 2013 as one of Granta's best of young British novelists.  A retelling of the Snow White myth, Boy, Snow, Bird is a deeply moving novel about an unbreakable bond...  BOY Nov ... more
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The Year of the Runaways by Sunjeev Sahota - £14.99
The heart-stopping new book from one of Granta's Best of British Novelists 2013  Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2015  The Year of the Runaways tells of the bold dreams and daily struggles of an unlikely family thrown together by ci ... more
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In the Dark by Mai Jia - £9.99
'Cracking another country's cipher is an undercover fight to the death...'   Hidden deep in the mountains, the recruits at 'Unit 701', China's secret services, operate in a dark, shadowy world. There is the 'wind-listener', a blind surveillanc ... more
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The Scatter Here is Too Great by Bilal Tanweer - £8.99
A love letter to Karachi, told by the people linked together by one devastating event.   Shortlisted for the 2015 DSC Prize for South Asian Literature Winner of the Shakti Bhatt First Book Prize 2014   The Scatter Here is Too Great he ... more
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Frog by Mo Yan, translated by Howard Goldblatt - £8.99
Frog is a richly complex new novel about China's one-child policy by Mo Yan, winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature 2012.   Gugu is beautiful, charismatic and of an unimpeachable political background. A respected midwife, she combines modern ... more
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The Emperor Far Away: Travels at the Edge of China by David Eimer - £8.99
Far from the glittering cities of Beijing and Shanghai, China's borderlands are populated by around one hundred million people who are not Han Chinese. For many of these restive minorities, the old Chinese adage 'the mountains are high and the Empero ... more
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Citizen: An American Lyric by Claudia Rankine - £9.99
WINNER OF THE LOS ANGELES TIMES BOOK PRIZE FOR POETRY   WINNER OF THE NATIONAL BOOK CRITICS CIRCLE AWARD FOR POETRY   'Everywhere were flashes, a siren sounding and a stretched-out roar. Get on the ground. Get on the ground now. Then I ... more
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Odysseus Abroad by Amit Chaudhuri - £8.99
It’s 1985. Twenty-two-year-old Ananda has been a student in London for two years, practicing at being a poet. He's homesick, thinks of himself as an inveterate outsider, and yet he can't help feeling that there is something romantic about his isolati ... more
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The Fishermen by Chigozie Obioma - £14.99
LONGLISTED FOR THE 2015 MAN BOOKER PRIZE  In this dazzling debut novel, four young brothers in a small Nigerian town encounter a madman, whose prophecy of violence threatens the core of their family   Told from the point of view of nine-year ... more
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Wind/ Pinball: Two Novels by Haruki Murakami - £16.99
Wind/Pinball includes Haruki Murakami’s first two novels, published back-to-back, available for the first time in English outside Japan. With a new introduction by the author.  If you’re the sort of guy who raids the refrigerators of silent kitchens ... more
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A Brief History of Seven Killings by Marlon James - £8.99
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Blackass by A. Igoni Barrett - £14.99
White skin, green eyes, red hair – black ass. Furo Wariboko – born and bred in Lagos – wakes up on the morning of his job interview to discover he has turned into a white man. As he hits the streets of Lagos running, Furo finds the dead ends of hi ... more
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I Am China by Xiaolu Guo - £8.99
Two lovers, separated by oceans and an oppressive political regime, desperate to find their way back to each other.  Longlisted for the Baileys Women's Fiction Prize   In a flat above a noisy north London market, translator Iona Kirkpatr ... more
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Toward an Intellectual History of Black Women by Mia E. Bay, Farah J. Griffin, Martha S. Jones, and Barbara D. Savage (Editors) - £24.50
Despite recent advances in the study of black thought, black women intellectuals remain often neglected. This collection of essays by fifteen scholars of history and literature establishes black women's places in intellectual history by engaging the ... more
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The Breakbeat Poets: New American Poetry in the Age of Hip-Hop by Kevin Coval, Quraysh Ali Lansana and Quraysh Ali Lansana (Editors) - £14.99
Hip-Hop is the largest youth culture in the history of the planet rock. It has produced generations of artists who have revolutionized their genre(s) by applying the aesthetic innovations of the culture. The BreakBeat Poets features 78 poets, born so ... more
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The Cambridge Companion to James Baldwin by Michele Elam - £17.99
This Companion offers fresh insight into the art and politics of James Baldwin, one of the most important writers and provocative cultural critics of the twentieth century. Black, gay, and gifted, he was hailed as a 'spokesman for the race', although ... more
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Daisy Turner's Kin: An African American Family Saga by Jane C. Beck - £16.99
The oral history of an American family from Africa to the twentieth century.   A daughter of freed African American slaves, Daisy Turner became a living repository of history. The family narrative entrusted to her--"a well-polished artifact, an hei ... more
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Hiding in Plain Sight by Nuruddin Farah - £8.99
When Bella, an internationally known fashion photographer, dazzling and aloof, is forced to return to Nairobi to care for her teenage niece and nephew, she feels an unfamiliar surge of protectiveness and responsibility.  But when their mother unex ... more
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Ten Arab Filmmakers: Political Dissent and Social Critique by Josef Gugler (Editor) - £20.99
Ten Arab Filmmakers provides an up-to-date overview of the best of Arab cinema, offering studies of leading directors and in-depth analyses of their most important films.  The filmmakers profiled here represent principal national cinemas of the ... more
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Savage Seasons by Kettly Mars, translated by Jeanine Herman. Afterword by Madison Smartt Bell - £12.99
Port-au-Prince, the 1960s: Duvalier and his militia are systematically eliminating opponents to the regime. Daniel Leroy, editor in chief of the opposition newspaper, has just been arrested. To find out what has become of him, his wife, Nirvah, visit ... more
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The House of Hidden Mothers by Meera Syal - £14.99
Little India, East London: Shyama, aged forty-four, has fallen for a younger man. They want a child together.   Meanwhile, in a rural village in India, young Mala, trapped in an oppressive marriage, dreams of escape.   When Shyama and M ... more
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Black Macho and the Myth of the Superwoman by Michele Wallace - £11.99
Originally published in 1978, Black Macho and the Myth of the Superwoman caused a storm of controversy. Michele Wallace blasted the masculine biases of the black politics that emerged from the sixties. She described how women remained marginalized by ... more
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A Lesson Before Dying by Ernest J. Gaines - £8.99
Award-winning classic novel of prejudice, community and what it means to be a man in the American South.   In a small Cajun community in the late 1940s, a young black man named Jefferson witnesses a liquor store shootout in which three men are kill ... more
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Dust by Yvonne Adhiambo Owuor - £8.99
Kenya, 2007. Odidi Oganda, running for his life, is gunned down in the streets of Nairobi. His sister, Ajany, and their father bring his body back home, to a crumbling colonial house in northern Kenya. But the peace they seek is hard to find: the mur ... more
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The Heroic Slave: A Cultural and Critical Edition by Frederick Douglass; Edited by R.S. Levine, J. Stauffer, and J.R. McKivigan - £7.99
First published nearly a decade prior to the Civil War, The Heroic Slave is the only fictional work by abolitionist, orator, author, and social reformer Frederick Douglass, himself a former slave. It is inspired by the true story of Madison Washingto ... more
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The Book of Gold Leaves by Mirza Waheed - £8.99
Mirza Waheed's extraordinary new novel The Book of Gold Leaves is a heartbreaking love story set in war-torn Kashmir.   In an ancient house in the city of Srinagar, Faiz paints exquisite Papier Mache pencil boxes for tourists. Evening is beginning ... more
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