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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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Hopeful: An Autobiography by Omid Djalili - £9.99
A beautifully written, joyously funny memoir about growing up and finding fame as a young Iranian in London.  Omid Djalili's childhood was unconventional, to say the least. He was raised in a beautiful, chaotic, cramped, colourful and legally dubiou ... more
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God Help the Child by Toni Morrison - £14.99
The potent new novel from the Nobel Laureate  ‘What you do to children matters. And they might never forget’   Sweetness wants to love her child, Bride, but she struggles to love her as a mother should. Bride, now glamorous, grown up, eb ... more
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Without You, There is No Us: My Secret Life Teaching the Sons of North Korea's Elite by Suki Kim - £8.99
It is 2011, and all universities in North Korea have been shut down for an entire year, except for the all-male Pyongyang University of Science and Technology. This is where Suki Kim has accepted a job teaching English. Over the next six months she w ... more
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The Salmon Who Dared to Leap Higher by Ahn Do-hyeon - £7.99
A life-affirming, inspirational modern fable about love, life and daring to be different.  The life of the salmon is a predictable one: swimming upstream to the place of its birth to spawn, and then to die.  This is the story of a salmon whose silv ... more
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The Gypsy Goddess by Meena Kandasamy - £8.99
Tamil Nadu, 1968. Village landlords rule over a feudal system that forces peasants to break their backs in the fields or suffer beatings as punishment. In the misery of their daily lives it is little wonder that the Communist Party begins to gain tra ... more
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The Lost Child by Caryl Phillips - £14.99
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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Family Life by Akhil Sharma - £7.99
For eight-year-old Ajay and his older brother Birju, life in Delhi in the late 1970s follows a comfortable, predictable routine: bathing on the roof, queuing for milk, playing cricket in the street. Yet, everything changes when their father finds a j ... more
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Maya Angelou: The Complete Poetry by Maya Angelou - £16.99
As the world celebrates and reflects on the beautiful life of Maya Angelou, Virago presents an updated collection of her works of poetry, collected together for the first time.   From her reflections on African American life and hardship in Ju ... more
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Just Your Average Muslim by Zia Chaudhry - £8.99
This fascinating and original book provides a better insight into the life of "just your average Muslim" than you will find anywhere else.  A powerful antidote to common but exhausted stereotypes, it challenges non-Muslims to reexamine their per ... more
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Gateway to Freedom: The Hidden History of America's Fugitive Slaves by Eric Foner - £18.99
When slavery was a routine part of life in America's South, a secret network of activists and escape routes enabled slaves to make their way to freedom in what is now Canada. The 'underground railroad' has become part of folklore, but one part of the ... more
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No Country by Kalyan Ray - £9.99
In November 1989, an Indian couple are discovered murdered in a small town in upstate New York. They lie together as though just disengaged from a long embrace. Yet their murder has been two centuries in the making.   County Sligo, Ireland, 18 ... more
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The Last Word by Hanif Kureishi - £8.99
Mamoon is an eminent Indian-born writer who has made a career in England - but now, in his early 70s, his reputation is fading, sales have dried up, and his new wife has expensive taste.   Harry, a young writer, is commissioned to write a biog ... more
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Exotic England: The Making of a Curious Nation by Yasmin Alibhai-Brown - £20.00
England may be a small country on a small island, but its inhabitants have always had a boundless curiosity about the world beyond their shoreline. From the nation's modern origins in the Renaissance, travellers have eagerly roamed the globe and been ... more
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The Buried Giant by Kazuo Ishiguro - £20.00
'There's a journey we must go on, and no more delay ...'  The extraordinary new novel from the author of Never Let Me Go and the Booker Prize-winning The Remains of the Day.   The Romans have long since departed, and Britain is steadil ... more
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A God in Every Stone by Kamila Shamsie - £8.99
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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Dangerous Love by Ben Okri - £7.99
From the Booker Prize-winner Ben Okri: a classic love story set in a country trying to come to terms with its past.   An epic of daily life, Dangerous Love is a story of doomed love, of star-crossed lovers, separated not by their families, but ... more
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African Americans Against the Bomb: Nuclear Weapons, Colonialism, and the Black Freedom Movement by Vincent J. Intondi - £17.99
Well before Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. spoke out against nuclear weapons, African Americans were protesting the Bomb. Historians have generally ignored African Americans when studying the anti-nuclear movement, yet they were some of the first c ... more
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The Ghost Runner by Parker Bilal - £7.99
It is 2002 and as tanks roll into the West Bank and the reverberations of 9/11 echo across the globe, tensions are running high on Cairo's streets. Private Investigator Makana, in exile from his native Sudan and increasingly haunted by memories of th ... more
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Lumumba: Africa's Lost Leader by Leo Zeilig - £12.99
Patrice Lumumba (1925 – 61) is perhaps the most famous leader of the African independence movement. After his execution in 1961, when he had been prime minister of the newly liberated Congo for only seven months, he became an icon of anti-imperialist ... more
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The Lives of Others by Neel Mukherjee - £8.99
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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Laughing All the Way to the Mosque: The Misadventures of a Muslim Woman by Zarqa Nawaz - £12.99
A brilliantly funny memoir about what it's really like to be Muslim in Western society.  Being a practicing Muslim in the West is sometimes challenging, sometimes rewarding and sometimes downright absurd. How do you explain why Eid never fall ... more
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The Three Degrees: The Men Who Changed British Football Forever by Paul Rees - £9.99
The Dark Side of British Football in the 1970s  When Cyrille Regis became one of the first black players to be selected for the full England team, he was sent a package in the mail. Inside it was a silver bullet and a note that read: 'You'll ge ... more
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A Bit of Difference by Sefi Atta - £8.99
Deola Bello is tired of London, but she’s not ready to give up on life. When her charity job takes her home to Nigeria, her thoughts turn to the future, as she questions whether her peripatetic existence is still right for her.   Deola encount ... more
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All Our Names by Dinaw Mengestu - £8.99
An unforgettable tale of love, friendship and revolution set between Africa and America, by the winner of the Guardian First Book Award.  LONGLISTED FOR THE FOLIO PRIZE 2015  Two young friends join an uprising against Uganda's corrupt r ... more
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Em and the Big Hoom by Jerry Pinto - £8.99
Brilliantly comic and almost unbearably moving, Jerry Pinto's Em and the Big Hoom is one of the most powerful and original fiction debuts of recent years.   In a tiny flat in Bombay Imelda Mendes - Em to her family - is by turns flamboyant, maniaca ... more
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In the Light of What We Know by Zia Haider Rahman - £8.99
A bold, epic debut novel set during the war and financial crisis that defined the beginning of our century.  One September morning in 2008, an investment banker approaching forty, his career in collapse and his marriage unravelling, receives a surpr ... more
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Every Day is for the Thief by Teju Cole - £8.99
A young man returns to Nigeria after fifteen years in New York. Like him, his childhood country has grown up quickly: found fast-food restaurants, email cafés, contempt for authority; the all-consuming draw of money for nothing.   From the consul ... more
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Who Speaks for the Negro? by Robert Penn Warren - £15.99
First published in 1965, this is a unique text in the history of the American Civil Rights Movement. Robert Penn Warren interviewed a wide range of African American leaders, activists, and artists across the country, among them Martin Luther King, Ma ... more
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The Light of Truth by Ida Wells - £9.99
In this collection, Wells's anti-lynching crusade comes alive. Through brilliant social analysis, she exposed lynching as part of a larger framework of subjugation in which white people used violence as a deliberate tactic to combat black economic pr ... more
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