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0099501457
Paperback:Negro with a hat, the rise and fall of Marcus Garvey:2009 Paperback
Author: Grant, Colin
Year: 2009
Language: English
Interest category: Biography
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Vintage
Resource type: Physical
Note: At one time during the first half of the 20th century, Marcus Mosiah Garvey was the most famous black man on the planet. In August 1920, he masterminded the first International Convention of the Negro Peoples of the World. This book tells his story. General adult
xiv, 530 p., [16] p. of plates, ill., ports. ; 20 cm (pbk)
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1844089150
Paperback:Mom & me & mom:2014 Paperback
Author: Angelou, Maya
Year: 2014
Language: English
Interest category: Biography
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Virago
Resource type: Physical
Note: 'In the first decade of the twentiety century, it was not a good time to be born black, or woman, in America'. So begins this stunning portrait of Vivian Baxter Johnson: the first black woman officer in the Merchant Marines, purveyor of a gambling business and rooming house, and mother to one of our most cherished literary treasures. General adult
195 pages, illustrations (black and white) ; 20 cm (pbk)
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1780336578
Paperback:The last slave market:2012 Paperback
Author: Hazell, Alastair
Year: 2012
Language: English
Interest category: History
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Constable
Resource type: Physical
Note: This title brings John Kirk's years in Zanzibar to life. The horrors of the overland passage from the interior, and the Zanzibar slave market itself, are vividly described, together with Kirk's final, bitter conflict with Dr Livingstone, who blamed Kirk for his own failings. General adult
369 p., [8] p. of plates, ill., maps, ports. ; 20 cm (pbk)
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0099536072
Paperback:Rough crossings, Britain, the slaves and the American Revolution:2009 Paperback
Author: Schama, Simon
Year: 2009
Language: English
Interest category: History
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Vintage
Resource type: Physical
544 (Pbk)
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0140439021
Paperback:Wonderful adventures of Mrs Seacole in many lands:2005:New ed. Paperback
Author: Seacole, Mary
Author: Salih, Sara
Year: 2005
Language: English
Interest category: Biography
Media class: Paperback
Edition: New ed.
Publisher: Penguin
Resource type: Physical
Note: This text is an engaging self portrait. The author emerges as am independent and respected maternal figure, the model of female achievement in Victorian culture. She also gives the reader an insight into the life of a Jamaican woman in the 19th century.
Title series: Penguin classics
224p ; 200mm (pbk)
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1844085058
Paperback:All God's children need travelling shoes:2008 Paperback
Author: Angelou, Maya
Year: 2008
Language: English
Interest category: Biography
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Virago
Resource type: Physical
Note: In this fifth volume of her autobiography, Maya Angelou emigrates to Ghana only to find that 'you can't go home again'. She comes to a new awareness of love and friendship, civil rights and slavery - and the myth of mother Africa. General adult
228 p. ; 20 cm (pbk)
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1844085066
Paperback:A song flung up to heaven:2008 Paperback
Author: Angelou, Maya
Year: 2008
Language: English
Interest category: Biography
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Virago
Resource type: Physical
Note: The final volume of Maya Angelou's autobiography begins in 1964 when the author returned to the USA during its great period of upheaval and social change. She reports on this tragic period in her own inimitable and insightful way. General adult
173 p. ; 20 cm (pbk)
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1471168956
Paperback:The life and rhymes of Benjamin Zephaniah, the autobiography:2019 Paperback
Author: Zephaniah, Benjamin
Year: 2019
Language: English
Interest category: Biography
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Scribner
Resource type: Physical
Note: Benjamin Zephaniah, who has travelled the world for his art and his humanitarianism, now tells the one story that encompasses it all: the story of his life. In the early 1980s when punks and Rastas were on the streets protesting about unemployment, homelessness and the National Front, Benjamin's poetry could be heard at demonstrations, outside police stations and on the dance floor. His mission was to take poetry everywhere, and to popularise it by reaching people who didn't read books. His poetry was political, musical, radical and relevant. By the early 1990s, Benjamin had performed on every continent in the world and he hasn't stopped performing and touring since. Nelson Mandela, after hearing Benjamin's tribute to him while he was in prison, requested an introduction to the poet that grew into a lifelong relationship, inspiring Benjamin's work with children in South Africa. General adult
333 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates, illustrations (black and white, and colour) ; 20 cm (pbk)
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184408504X
Paperback:The heart of a woman:2008 Paperback
Author: Angelou, Maya
Year: 2008
Language: English
Interest category: Biography
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Virago
Resource type: Physical
Note: 'The Heart of a Woman' is the fourth volume of Maya Angelou's autobiography. Here she is immersed in the world of black writers in the civil rights movement with Martin Luther King. General adult
346 p. ; 20 cm (pbk)
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1844085031
Paperback:Singin' and swingin' and gettin' merry like Christmas:2008 Paperback
Author: Angelou, Maya
Year: 2008
Language: English
Interest category: Biography
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Virago
Resource type: Physical
Note: Maya Angelou's five volumes of autobiography are a testament to the talents and resilience of this extraordinary writer. In this third volume, music and her son are the focus of Maya Angelou's life. She is on the edge of a new world: marriage, show business and a triumphant tour of 'Porgy and Bess'. General adult
310 p. ; 20 cm (pbk)
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1844085023
Paperback:Gather together in my name:2008 Paperback
Author: Angelou, Maya
Year: 2008
Language: English
Interest category: Biography
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Virago
Resource type: Physical
Note: In this sequel to 'I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings', Maya Angelou describes her life as an unemployed young mother in California, turning to prostitution and the world of narcotics. General adult
219 p. ; 20 cm (pbk)
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086068511X
Paperback:I know why the caged bird sings:1984 Paperback
Author: Angelou, Maya
Year: 1984
Language: English
Interest category: Biography
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Virago
Resource type: Physical
Note: In this, the first volume of her autobiography, writer and poet Maya Angelou reflects on her childhood spent growing up in the American South of the 1930s. There she learned the power of the white townsfolk and suffered the trauma of rape. General adult
281 p. ; 20 cm (pbk)
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Reading Group reivew. This turned out to be a popular choice. Surprisingly, quite a number of our group were unfamiliar with the author, and interested to discover her involvement with the freedom movement, as well as her theatrical connections. We liked the style of the book - once adapted to the language - and appreciated its simplicity. The discussion ranged widely and was centred on several key situations in th author's early life, as detailed in the book. Recommend this and subsequent volumes of her autobiography.
23/11/17
Reading Group Shropshire
Shropshire
1408870584
Paperback:Why I'm no longer talking to white people about race:2018:Expanded edition Paperback
Author: Eddo-Lodge, Reni
Year: 2018
Language: English
Interest category: Society
Media class: Paperback
Edition: Expanded edition
Content type: Bibliography
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Resource type: Physical
Note: Previous edition: London: Bloomsbury Circus, 2017 In February, 2014, Reni Eddo-Lodge wrote about her frustration with the way discussions of race and racism in Britain were constantly being led by those who weren't affected by it. She posted the piece on her blog, and gave it the title: 'Why I'm No Longer Talking to White People about Race'. Her powerful, passionate words hit a nerve. The post went viral, and comments flooded in from others desperate to speak up about their own, similar experiences. Galvanised by this response, she decided to dig into the source of these feelings; this clear hunger for an open discussion. The result is a searing, illuminating, absolutely necessary exploration of what it is to be a person of colour in Britain today. General adult
xvii, 261 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
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1844082512
Paperback:Desert children:2007 Paperback
Author: Dirie, Waris
Author: Milborn, Corinna
Year: 2007
Language: English, Undefined language
Interest category: Mind, Body and Spirit
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Virago
Resource type: Physical
Note: Through anecdote and stories, backed by shocking facts and figures, Waris Dirie reveals the truth of female genital mutilation, a practice that is currently being inflicted on thousands of young girls throughout Europe. General adult Translated into English
x, 237 p. ; 20 cm (pbk)
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1447255461
Paperback:You say potato, a book about accents:2015 Paperback
Author: Crystal, Ben
Author: Crystal, David
Year: 2015
Language: English
Interest category: Literature & languages
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Pan Books
Resource type: Physical
Note: From reconstructing Shakespeare's accent to the rise and fall of received pronunciation, 'You Say Potato' travels the world in search of the stories of spoken English. Actor Ben Crystal explores the world of stage, screen and popular culture, while linguist David Crystal explains the history and mechanics of what is taking place right under our very ears. General adult
247 pages, illustrations (black and white), maps (black and white) ; 20 cm (pbk)
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1760112631
Paperback:The thing about Prague .., how I gave it all up for a new life in Europe's most eccentric city:2015 Paperback
Author: Weiss, Rachael
Year: 2015
Language: English
Interest category: World history & travel
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Allen & Unwin
Resource type: Physical
Note: Published outside the British Isles When Rachael Weiss left a good job, Thelma the cat and a normal life in Sydney for the romantic dream of being a writer in Prague she intended to stay forever. She lasted just three years, exasperated by the eccentricities of her ancestral city and its mind-boggling bureaucracy and customs. In this surprising and generous memoir full of warmth and unstoppable sociability, Rachael attempts to write her great novel, buy an apartment, dodge unscrupulous employers, and perhaps find love. She gets lost in the woods with a Kyrgyzstani software engineer who wants to eat humans, finds herself leading services at the Spanish synagogue with no real idea of what she is doing and spends long nights drinking beer with a colourful cast of crazy, warm and slightly mad locals and expats. General adult
377 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
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0140182756
Paperback:The fire next time:2004 Paperback
Author: Baldwin, James
Year: 2004
Language: English
Interest category: Society
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Penguin
Resource type: Physical
Note: General adult
Title series: Penguin twentieth-century classics
89 p. ; 20 cm (pbk)
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014118678X
Paperback:Another day of life:2001 Paperback
Author: Kapuscinski, Ryszard
Year: 2001
Language: English, Polish
Interest category: History
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Penguin
Resource type: Physical
Note: This translation originally published: U.S.: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich; London: Pan, 1987 In 1975 Kapuscinski flew into Luanda in Angola, to cover the murderous civil war that had broken out after independence. This book is a record of his experiences there, of a city and a country that seemed to have taken leave of the world. General adult Translation of: Jeszcze dzien zycia
Title series: Modern classics
148p., map ; 20 cm (pbk)
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0141984759
Paperback:Familiar stranger, a life between two islands:2018 Paperback
Author: Hall, Stuart
Author: Schwarz, Bill
Year: 2018
Language: English
Interest category: Biography
Media class: Paperback
Content type: Bibliography
Publisher: Penguin Books
Resource type: Physical
Note: "An Allen Lane book"--Back cover Published outside the British Isles Stuart Hall grew up in a middle-class family in 1930s Jamaica, still then a British colony. He found himself caught between two worlds: the stiflingly respectable middle class in Kingston, who, in their habits and ambitions, measured themselves against the white planter elite; and working-class and peasant Jamaica, neglected and grindingly poor, though rich in culture, music and history. But as colonial rule was challenged, things began to change in Kingston and across the world. When, in 1951, a scholarship took him across the Atlantic to Oxford University, Hall encountered other Caribbean writers and thinkers, from Sam Selvon and George Lamming to V.S. Naipaul. He also forged friendships with the likes of Raymond Williams and E.P. Thompson, with whom he worked in the formidable political movement, the New Left. Tertiary
xvi, 301 pages, illustrations (black and white) ; 20 cm (pbk)
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0143106708
Paperback:Twelve years a slave:2012 Paperback
Author: Northup, Solomon
Author: Gates, Henry Louis, Jr
Year: 2012
Language: English
Interest category: Biography
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Penguin Classics
Resource type: Physical
Note: Born a free man in New York State in 1808, Solomon Northup was kidnapped in Washington, D.C., in 1841. He spent the next 12 years as a slave on a Louisiana cotton plantation, and during this time he was frequently abused and often afraid for his life. This is his detailed description of slave life and plantation society. General adult
Title series: Penguin classics
288 p. ; 20 cm (pbk)
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0198709870
Paperback:Incidents in the life of a slave girl:2015 Paperback
Author: Jacobs, Harriet A.
Editor: Ellis, R. J.
Year: 2015
Language: English
Interest category: Biography
Media class: Paperback
Content type: Bibliography
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Resource type: Physical
Note: Harriet Jacobs's slave narrative is remarkable for its candid exposure of the sexual abuse suffered by slaves at the hands of their owners. Her sufferings, and eventual escape to the North, are described in vivid detail. General adult
Title series: Oxford world's classics
304 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
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Paperback:Unforgivable blackness, the rise and fall of Jack Johnson:2015 Paperback
Author: Ward, Geoffrey C.
Year: 2015
Language: English
Interest category: Sport
Media class: Paperback
Content type: Bibliography
Publisher: Yellow Jersey Press
Resource type: Physical
Note: Johnson was the first black heavyweight champion in history who became one of the most controversial figures of his age. Ward brings to life the real Jack, a character far more complex than the newspaper headlines could ever convey. General adult
xiii, 492 pages, 32 pages of unnumbered plates, illustrations (black and white) ; 20 cm (pbk)
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0241351081
Paperback:Zami, a new spelling of my name:2018 Paperback
Author: Lorde, Audre
Year: 2018
Language: English
Interest category: Biography
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Penguin Classics
Resource type: Physical
Note: A little black girl opens her eyes in 1930s Harlem. Around her, a heady swirl of passers-by, car horns, kerosene lamps, the stock market falling, fried bananas, tales of her parents' native Grenada. She trudges to public school along snowy sidewalks, and finds she is tongue-tied, legally blind, left behind by her older sisters. On she stumbles through teenage hardships - suicide, abortion, hunger, a Christmas spent alone - until she emerges into happiness: an oasis of friendship in Washington Heights, an affair in a dirty factory in Connecticut, and, finally, a journey down to the heat of Mexico, discovering sex, tenderness, and suppers of hot tamales and cold milk. This is Audre Lorde's story. It is a rapturous, life-affirming tale of independence, love, work, strength, sexuality and change, rich with poetry and fierce emotional power. General adult
Title series: Penguin modern classics
256 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
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0241351294
Paperback:Lady sings the blues:2018 Paperback
Author: Holiday, Billie
Year: 2018
Language: English
Interest category: Music, Stage and Screen
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Penguin Classics
Resource type: Physical
Note: 'I've been told that no one sings the word 'hunger' like I do. Or the word 'love''. This is the inimitable autobiography of one of the greatest icons of the twentieth century. Born to a single mother in 1915 Baltimore, Billie Holiday had her first run-in with the law at aged 13. But Billie Holiday is no victim. Her memoir tells the story of her life spent in jazz, smoky Harlem clubs and packed-out concert halls, her love affairs, her wildly creative friends, her struggles with addiction and her adventures in love. General adult
240 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
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Paperback:Heavy, an American memoir:2019 Paperback
Author: Laymon, Kiese
Year: 2019
Language: English
Interest category: Biography
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Resource type: Physical
Note: What does the weight of a lifetime of secrets, lies and deception do to a black body, a black family and a nation teetering on the brink of moral collapse? In 'Heavy', Laymon writes about growing up a hard-headed black son to a complicated and brilliant black mother in Jackson, Mississippi. From his early experiences of sexual violence, to his suspension from college, to his career as a young college professor, Laymon charts his complex relationship with his mother, grandmother, abuse, anorexia, obesity, sex, writing and ultimately gambling. General adult
xi, 241 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
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