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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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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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China's Forgotten People: Xinjiang, Terror and the Chinese State by Nick Holdstock - £14.99
One of the few Western commentators to have lived in the region, journalist Nick Holdstock travels into the heart of the province reveals the Uyghur story as one of repression and hardship. With Islamic terrorism in China likely to increase over the ... more
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It's Been Beautiful: Soul! and Black Power Television by Gayle Wald - £16.99
Soul! was where Stevie Wonder and Earth, Wind & Fire got funky, where Toni Morrison read from her debut novel, where James Baldwin and Nikki Giovanni discussed gender and power, and where Amiri Baraka and Stokely Carmichael enjoyed a sympathetic foru ... more
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From Pasta to Pigfoot by Frances Mensah Williams - £7.99
From Pasta to Pigfoot is a contemporary, multi-cultural novel that tells the story of Faye Bonsu, a pasta-loving, underachieving PA whose upbringing in leafy Hampstead, London has given her little opportunity to understand her African heritage.  ... more
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Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption by Bryan Stevenson - £14.99
A powerful, bold true story about the potential for mercy to redeem us, and a clarion call to fix America's broken system of justice -- from one of the most brilliant and influential lawyers of our time.   The US has the highest rate of incarc ... more
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On Such a Full Sea by Chang-Rae Lee - £8.99
From the beloved award-winning author of Native Speaker and The Surrendered, a highly provocative, deeply affecting story of one woman's legendary quest in a shocking, future America.  On Such a Full Sea takes Chang-rae Lee's elegance of prose, ... more
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I, Migrant: A Comedian's Journey from Karachi to the Outback by Sami Shah - £12.99
Despite nearly being killed by a kangaroo and almost lynched and run out of town after his comedy was taken far too seriously, Sami Shah is very happy to be living in Australia. He has fronted his own satirical show on TV in Karachi, worked as a jour ... more
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Princess Bari by Hwang Sok-yong - £9.99
In a drab North Korean city, a seventh daughter is born to a couple longing for a son. Abandoned hours after her birth, she is eventually rescued by her grandmother. The old woman names the child Bari, after a legend telling of a forsaken princess wh ... more
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Cugoano Against Slavery by Martin Hoyles - £9.99
Out of the three leading black figures in eighteenth-century England (Sancho, Equiano and Cugoano), Ottobah Cugoano is the least well known. Yet he was the most radical, campaigning not just against the slave trade but for a ‘total abolition of slave ... more
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Pitch Black: The Story of Black British Footballers by Emy Onuora - £16.99
When Paul Canoville took to the pitch for Chelsea in 1982, he was prepared for abuse. When the monkey chanting and the banana throwing started, he wasn't surprised. He wasn't prepared, however, for the abuse to be coming from his own side.   C ... more
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Slaves of the State: Black Incarceration from the Chain Gang to the Penitentiary by Dennis Childs - £17.00
In Slaves of the State Dennis Childs argues that the incarceration of black people and other historically repressed groups in chain gangs, peon camps, prison plantations, and penitentiaries represents a ghostly perpetuation of chattel slavery.   ... more
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