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1784081485
Paperback:The age of magic:2015 Paperback
Author: Okri, Ben
Year: 2015
Language: English
Interest category: General fiction novels
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Head of Zeus
Resource type: Physical
Note: Eight film-makers 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 towering Rigi mountain. Over the course of three days and two nights, the travellers will find themselves drawn in to the mystery of the mountain reflected in the lake. One by one, they will be disturbed, enlightened, and transformed, each in a different way. General adult
286 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
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1784709018
Paperback:A view of the empire at sunset:2018 Paperback
Author: Phillips, Caryl
Year: 2018
Language: English
Interest category: General fiction novels
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Vintage
Resource type: Physical
Note: In the heart of London's Bloomsbury, Gwendolen - not yet truly famous as the writer 'Jean Rhys' - is presented with the opportunity she has been waiting for. Her husband has received an unexpected inheritance; she can, at last, return to the island of her childhood. For Gwendolen, Dominica is a place of freedom and beauty, far away from the lonely nights and failed dreams of England. But this visit home compels her to reflect on the events of her past, and on what they may mean for her future. General adult
324 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
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1787478076
Paperback:A drop of patience:2019 Paperback
Author: Kelley, William Melvin
Year: 2019
Language: English
Interest category: General fiction novels
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: riverrun
Resource type: Physical
Note: At the age of five, a blind African-American boy is handed over to a brutal state home. Here Ludlow Washington will suffer for eleven years, until his prodigious musical talent provides him an unlikely ticket back into the world. The property of a band, playing for down-and-outs in a southern dive, Ludlow's pioneering flair will take him to New York and the very top of the jazz scene - where his personal demons will threaten to drag him back down to the bottom. General adult
304 pages (pbk)
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1846689392
Paperback:The second life of Samuel Tyne:2013 Paperback
Author: Edugyan, Esi
Year: 2013
Language: English
Interest category: General fiction novels
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Serpent's Tail
Resource type: Physical
Note: After the death of Uncle Jacob, the man who oversaw his education and passage to Canada from Ghana, Samuel Tyne inherits his crumbling house in Aster. Here, he believes, is that fabled second chance, and he is determined not to let it slip away. General adult
278 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
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0747593108
Paperback:The opposite house:2008 Paperback
Author: Oyeyemi, Helen
Year: 2008
Language: English
Interest category: General fiction novels
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Resource type: Physical
Note: Maja Carmen Carrera was only five years old when her black Cuban family emigrated to London. Now the 20-year-old jazz singer is caught between cultures, struggling to negotiate her history. General adult
262 p. ; 20 cm (pbk)
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0708898475
Paperback:The intuitionist:2017 Paperback
Author: Whitehead, Colson
Year: 2017
Language: English
Interest category: General fiction novels
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Fleet
Resource type: Physical
Note: Verticality, architectural and social, is at the heart of Colson Whitehead's first novel that takes place in an unnamed high-rise city that combines 21st-century engineering feats with 19th-century pork-barrel politics. Elevators are the technological expression of the vertical ideal, and Lila Mae Watson, the city's first black female elevator inspector, is its embattled token of upward mobility. General adult
255 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
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1408899825
Paperback:Where the line bleeds:2018 Paperback
Author: Ward, Jesmyn
Year: 2018
Language: English
Interest category: General fiction novels
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Resource type: Physical
Note: Joshua and Christophe are twins, raised by a blind grandmother and a large extended family in a rural town on Mississippi's Gulf Coast. They've just finished high school and need to find jobs, but in a failing post-Katrina economy, it's not easy. Joshua gets work on the docks, but Christophe's not so lucky. Desperate to alleviate the family's poverty, he starts to sell drugs. He can hide it from his grandmother but not his twin, and the two grow increasingly estranged. Christophe's downward spiral is accelerated first by crack, then by the reappearance of the twins' parents: Cille, who abandoned them, and Sandman, a creepy, predatory addict. Their reunion provokes a shocking confrontation that will ultimately damn or save both twins. General adult
241 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
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0099218712
Paperback:Songs of enchantment, a novel:2003 Paperback
Author: Okri, Ben
Year: 2003
Language: English
Interest category: General fiction novels
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Vintage
Resource type: Physical
Note: One great thought can change the dreams of the world. One great action, lived out all the way to the sea, can change the history of the world. The adventures of Azaro, the spirit child, continue in this sequel. General adult
297 p. ; 20 cm (pbk)
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0099488876
Paperback:Dancing in the dark:2006 Paperback
Author: Phillips, Caryl
Year: 2006
Language: English
Interest category: General fiction novels
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Vintage
Resource type: Physical
Note: After a career spent playing African 'savages' in white companies, Bert Williams slowly felt degraded by his situation, turning to drink in order to ease the pain of his predicament. This novel is based on the story of his life, at a time when racism was normal and political correctness a foreign theory. General adult
209 p. ; 20 cm (pbk)
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009949826X
Paperback:Crossing the river:2006 Paperback
Author: Phillips, Caryl
Year: 2006
Language: English
Interest category: General fiction novels
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Vintage
Resource type: Physical
Note: This text tracks two brothers and a sister on their separate journeys through different times: one as a missionary to Liberia in the 1830s, one a pioneer on a wagon trail to the American West, and one a GI posted to a Yorkshire village in WWII. General adult
236 p. ; 20 cm (pbk)
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0099531887
Paperback:Sag Harbor:2011 Paperback
Author: Whitehead, Colson
Year: 2011
Language: English
Interest category: General fiction novels
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Vintage
Resource type: Physical
Note: It's the summer of 1985 and Benji is determined that this is the summer that things will change and he'll fit in. For starters he'll be reinvented as 'Ben'. When that doesn't catch on, it's another summer of the perpetual mortification that is teenage existence. General adult
273 p. ; 20 cm (pbk)
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0140187995
Paperback:Just above my head:1994 Paperback
Author: Baldwin, James
Year: 1994
Interest category: General fiction novels
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Penguin
Resource type: Physical
597 (Pbk)
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0141191554
Paperback:No longer at ease:2010 Paperback
Author: Achebe, Chinua
Year: 2010
Language: English
Interest category: General fiction novels
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Penguin
Resource type: Physical
Note: Oki Okonkwo is an idealistic young man who, thanks to the privileges of an education in Britain, has now returned to Nigeria for a job in the civil service. However in his new role he finds that the way of government seems to be backhanders and corruption. General adult
Title series: Penguin modern classics
154 p. ; 20 cm (pbk)
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0349700443
Paperback:The old slave and the mastiff:2019 Paperback
Author: Chamoiseau, Patrick
Translator: Coverdale, Linda
Year: 2019
Language: English, French
Interest category: General fiction novels
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Dialogue Books
Resource type: Physical
Note: Translated from the French This translation originally published: 2018 An unsettling story of an elderly slave's daring escape into the wild from a plantation in Martinique, with his master and a fearsome hound on his heels. We follow them into a lush rain forest where nature is beyond all human control: sinister, yet entrancing and even exhilarating, because the old man's flight to freedom will transform them all in truly astonishing - even otherworldly - ways, as the overwhelming physical presence of the forest reshapes reality and time itself. General adult
192 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
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1472261771
Paperback:The Rose Petal Beach:2019 Paperback
Author: Koomson, Dorothy
Year: 2019
Language: English
Interest category: General fiction novels
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Headline Review
Resource type: Physical
Note: Tamia Challey is horrified when her husband, Scott, is accused of something terrible - but when she discovers who his accuser is, everything goes into freefall. Backed into a corner and unsure what to think, Tamia is forced to choose whom she instinctively believes. General adult
663 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
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1529113113
Paperback:Infinite riches:[2019] Paperback
Author: Okri, Ben
Year: [2019]
Language: English
Interest category: General fiction novels
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Vintage Books
Resource type: Physical
Note: "The third book in The Famished Road trilogy"--Front cover Azaro is a spirit-child who has decided to live in the land of the living. Two dangerous spirits are trying to reclaim him as he lives through turbulent times in Nigeria whilst the country prepares for independence. General adult
393 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
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1786072238
Paperback:Tuff:2017 Paperback
Author: Beatty, Paul
Year: 2017
Language: English
Interest category: General fiction novels
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Oneworld
Resource type: Physical
Note: After escaping death in a drug deal, Tuff knows he needs to make some decisions, without the help of his tight Harlem circle. So when he is offered £20,000 to run for city council, he embarks on one of the most outrageous campaigns in political history. General adult
272 pages (pbk)
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1788549619
Paperback:The freedom artist:2019 Paperback
Author: Okri, Ben
Year: 2019
Language: English
Interest category: General fiction novels
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Head of Zeus
Resource type: Physical
Note: In a world uncomfortably like our own, a young woman called Amalantis is arrested for asking a question. Her question is this: Who is the Prisoner? When Amalantis disappears, her lover Karnak goes looking for her. He searches desperately at first, then with a growing realisation. To find Amalantis, he must first understand the meaning of her question. Karnak's search leads him into a terrifying world of lies, oppression and fear at the heart of which lies the Prison. Then Karnak discovers that he is not the only one looking for the truth. 'The Freedom Artist' is an impassioned plea for justice and a penetrating examination of how freedom is threatened in a post-truth society. General adult
347 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
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1841155705
Paperback:John Henry days, a novel:2002 Paperback
Author: Whitehead, Colson
Year: 2002
Language: English
Interest category: General fiction novels
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Fourth Estate
Resource type: Physical
Note: Through a patchwork of interweaving histories, Whitehead reveals how a nation creates its present through the stories it tells of its past. General adult
389 p. ; 20 cm (pbk)
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191240852X
Paperback:Everything good will come:2019 Paperback
Author: Atta, Sefi
Year: 2019
Language: English
Interest category: General fiction novels
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Myriad Editions
Resource type: Physical
Note: Written against the backdrop of tragedy and family strife in war-torn Nigeria, this is the story of Enitan, a young girl coming of age in a culture which still insists on feminine submission. General adult
336 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
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0525509070
Paperback:We cast a shadow, a novel:2020 Paperback
Author: Ruffin, Maurice Carlos
Year: 2020
Language: English
Interest category: General fiction novels
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: One World
Resource type: Physical
Note: Published outside the British Isles 'You can be beautiful, even more beautiful than before'. This is the seductive promise of Dr. Nzinga's clinic, where anyone can get their lips thinned, their skin bleached, and their nose narrowed. A complete demelanisation will liberate you from the confines of being born in a black body - if you can afford it. In this near-future Southern city plagued by fenced-in ghettos and police violence, more and more residents are turning to this experimental medical procedure. Like any father, our narrator just wants the best for his son, Nigel, a biracial boy whose black birthmark is getting bigger by the day. The darker Nigel becomes, the more frightened his father feels. But how far will he go to protect his son? And will he destroy his family in the process? General adult
336 pages ; 21 cm (pbk)
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0349012229
Paperback:Jonah's gourd vine:2019:New edition Paperback
Author: Hurston, Zora Neale
Year: 2019
Language: English
Interest category: General fiction novels
Media class: Paperback
Edition: New edition
Publisher: Virago
Resource type: Physical
Note: Born on the wrong side of the creek, John Buddy Pearson, the son of a slave, has come a long way since his shoeless days. With some schooling, a job and marriage to clever Lucy Potts, his fortunes are looking up. But, unable to resist the lure of women or a fight, he's forced to flee town or face life on the chain gang. John finds himself in Sanford, Florida, and sends for Lucy and the children. There, he discovers a talent for preaching, and, with the support of his wife, becomes pastor of Zion Hope Church, rousing his congregation with his fervent sermons. He is now a pillar of the community, respected and popular. Before long, though, he is praying for his own sins - for his powers of persuasion aren't limited to the pulpit - and the town won't stand for his philandering ways. General adult
Title series: Virago modern classics
336 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
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1784082546
Paperback:Dangerous love, the landscapes within:2014:New edition Paperback
Author: Okri, Ben
Year: 2014
Language: English
Interest category: General fiction novels
Media class: Paperback
Edition: New edition
Publisher: Head of Zeus
Resource type: Physical
Note: This edition originally published: London: Phoenix House, 1996 This novel tells the story of a young man, Omovo, who lives at home with his father and his second wife but longs to be with his true love Ifeyiwa. A picture of Nigerian life is built up, of the compound itself and of complex family relationships. General adult
x, 428 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
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0007315775
Paperback:Black mamba boy:2010 Paperback
Author: Mohamed, Nadifa
Year: 2010
Language: English
Interest category: General fiction novels
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Harper
Resource type: Physical
Note: Aden, 1935; a city vibrant, alive, and full of hidden dangers. When his mother dies unexpectedly, ten year-old Jama finds himself alone in the world and is forced home to his native Somalia, the land of his nomadic ancestors. Jama cannot rest until he discovers whether his father, who has been absent from his life, is alive. General adult
280 p., map ; 20 cm (pbk)
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0008245975
Paperback:What we lose:2018 Paperback
Author: Clemmons, Zinzi
Year: 2018
Language: English
Interest category: General fiction novels
Media class: Paperback
Content type: Bibliography
Publisher: 4th Estate
Resource type: Physical
Note: Thandi is American, but doesn't feel as American as some of her friends. She is South African, but South Africa terrifies her. She is a black woman with light skin. Her mother is dying. In exquisite vignettes of wry warmth and extraordinary emotional power, 'What We Lose' tells Thandi's story. Both raw and artful, minimal yet rich, it is an intimate portrait of love and loss, and a fierce meditation on race, sex, identity, and staying alive. General adult
213 pages, illustrations (black and white) ; 20 cm (pbk)
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