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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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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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Pink Sari Revolution: A Tale of Women and Power in the Badlands of India by Amana Fontanella-Khan - £12.99
A Radio 4 Book of the Week.   When Sheelu was arrested for stealing from a powerful politician in the notoriously crooked region of Uttar Pradesh, she was sure that she would be forced to accept a prison sentence, not least because she had all ... more
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Marriage Material by Sathnam Sanghera - £14.99
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 ... 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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Mr Loverman by Bernardine Evaristo - £8.99
Mr Loverman by Bernardine Evaristo is a tragi-comic tale of homosexual love set in contemporary London.   Barrington Jedidiah Walker is seventy-four and leads a double life. Born and bred in Antigua, he's lived in Hackney since the sixties. ... more
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12 Years A Slave: A True Story of Betrayal, Kidnap and Slavery by Solomon Northup - £8.99
Tricked by two men offering him a job as a musician in New York State in 1841, Solomon Northup was drugged and kidnapped. His life in jeopardy, he was forced to assume a new name and fake past. Taken to Louisiana on a disease-ridden plague ship, he w ... more
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The Orchard of Lost Souls by Nadifa Mohamed - £12.99
It is 1988 and Hargeisa waits. Whispers of revolution travel on the dry winds but still the dictatorship remains secure. Soon, and through the eyes of three women, we will see Somalia fall.   Nine-year-old Deqo has left the vast refugee camp sh ... more
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The Garden of Evening Mists by Tan Twan Eng - £8.99
The International Bestseller Winner of the Man Asian Literary Prize 2012 Winner of the Walter Scott Prize for historical fiction 2013 Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2012 "With ravishing sensuousness, it conjures up the lush landscapes and ... more
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Home by Toni Morrison - £7.99
From the Nobel Prize-winning author of Beloved comes a dazzling new novel set in 1950s America in the aftermath of the Korean War.  It begins with a letter from a woman Frank has never met. A pleading letter. A letter that closed his throat ... more
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The Twelve Tribes of Hattie by Ayana Mathis - £7.99
Fifteen years old and blazing with the hope of a better life, Hattie Shepherd fled the horror of the American South on a dawn train bound for Philadelphia. Hattie's is a tale of strength, of resilience and heartbreak that spans six decades.   ... more
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The Last Holiday: A Memoir by Gil Scott-Heron - £9.99
In the autumn of 1980, Stevie Wonder invited Gil Scott-Heron and his band to join him on a forty-one-city tour across America. The purpose of the tour, which included a major rally in Washington on the anniversary of Martin Luther King, Jr's birthday ... more
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Reality, Reality by Jackie Kay - £7.99
Hot on the heels of Fiere and Red Dust Road, a generous new collection from a storyteller in a class of her own.  The women of Reality, Reality are mesmerizing, whether in love or in solitude. Full of compassion, generosity, sorrow and joy, t ... more
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Call Mr. Robeson by Tayo Aluko - £7.00
They say I'm meddling in the foreign affairs of the United States Government. Now, that's too bad, 'cause I'm going to have to continue to meddle...   Paul Robeson is a world famous actor, singer and civil rights campaigner. When over the yea ... more
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The Amistad Rebellion: An Atlantic Odyssey of Slavery and Freedom by Marcus Rediker - £20.00
The dramatic story of a courageous rebellion against slavery.  On 28 June 1839, the Spanish slave schooner La Amistad set sail from Havana to make a routine delivery of human cargo. After four days at sea, on a moonless night, the captive Afr ... more
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The Hairdresser of Harare by Tendai Huchu - £8.99
Voted an Observer Top Ten African Book 2012   Vimbai is the star hairdresser of her salon, the smartest in Harare, Zimbabwe, until the enigmatic Dumisani appears. Losing many of her best customers to this good-looking, smooth-talking young man ... more
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All Woman and Springtime by B.W. Jones - £7.99
Gi lives behind North Korea's iron curtain under the watchful eye of Dear Leader. As an orphan, growing up on a diet of thin soup and propaganda, life is a constant struggle against hunger and fear. But when she meets headstrong Il-sun, tender Gi fin ... more
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The Illicit Happiness of Other People by Manu Joseph - £8.99
A darkly comic novel set in modern India.  Seventeen-year-old Unni has done something terrible. The only clue to his actions lies in a comic strip he has drawn, which has fallen into the hands of his father Ousep - a nocturnal anarchist with a ... more
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Scattered Sand: The Story of China's Rural Migrants by Hsiao-Hung Pai - £9.95
Each year, 200 million workers from China’s vast rural interior travel between cities and provinces in search of employment: the largest human migration in history. This indispensable army of labour accounts for half of China’s GDP, but is an unorgan ... more
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Paul Robeson: A Watched Man by Jordan Goodman - £20.00
In his heyday, Paul Robeson was one of the most famous people in the world; to his enemies he was also one of the most dangerous. From the 1930s to the 1960s, the African-American singer was the voice of the people, both as a performer and as a polit ... more
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