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1472119827
Paperback:An untamed state:2015 Paperback
Author: Gay, Roxane
Year: 2015
Language: English
Interest category: Thriller novels
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Corsair
Resource type: Physical
Note: Mireille Duval Jameson is living a fairy tale. The strong-willed youngest daughter of one of Haiti's richest sons, she has an adoring husband, a precocious infant son, by all appearances a perfect life. The fairy tale ends one day when Mireille is kidnapped in broad daylight by a gang of heavily armed men, in front of her father's Port au Prince estate. Held captive by a man who calls himself the Commander, Mireille waits for her father to pay her ransom. As it becomes clear her father intends to resist the kidnappers, Mireille must endure the torments of a man who resents everything she represents. General adult
370 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
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0241215056
Paperback:Flying home and other stories:2016:New edition Paperback
Author: Ellison, Ralph
Year: 2016
Language: English
Interest category: General fiction novels
Media class: Paperback
Edition: New edition
Content type: Short story
Publisher: Penguin Classics
Resource type: Physical
Note: Previous edition: U.S.: Random House, 1996 'Flying Home and Other Stories' is a collection of thirteen stories, six of which were only discovered after Ralph Ellison's death, which represent the best of the author's short fiction. This new edition includes an additional short story, 'A Storm of Blizzard Proportions'. General adult
224 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
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0241342031
Paperback:Tell me how long the train's been gone:2018 Paperback
Author: Baldwin, James
Year: 2018
Language: English
Interest category: General fiction novels
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Penguin Classics
Resource type: Physical
Note: At the height of his theatrical career, the actor Leo Proudhammer is nearly felled by a heart attack. As he hovers between life and death, we see the choices that have made him enviably famous and terrifyingly vulnerable. For between Leo's childhood on the streets of Harlem and his arrival into the world of the theatre lies a wilderness of desire and loss, shame and rage. And everywhere there is the anguish of being black in a society that seems poised on the brink of racial war. In this tender, angry 1968 novel, James Baldwin created one of his most striking characters: a man struggling to become himself. General adult
416 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
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059319196X
Paperback:The good Lord Bird:2020 Paperback
Author: McBride, James
Year: 2020
Language: English
Interest category: Historical novels
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Riverhead Books
Resource type: Physical
Note: Published outside the British Isles Henry Shackleford is a young slave living in the Kansas Territory in 1857; the region is a battleground between anti- and pro-slavery forces. When John Brown, the legendary abolitionist, arrives in the area, an argument between Brown and Henry's master quickly turns violent. Henry is forced to leave town with Brown, who believes he's a girl. General adult
480 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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1408843161
Paperback:The hired man:2014 Paperback
Author: Forna, Aminatta
Year: 2014
Language: English
Interest category: General fiction novels
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Resource type: Physical
Note: Gost is surrounded by mountains and fields of wild flowers. The summer sun burns. The winter brings freezing winds. Beyond the boundaries of the town an old house which has lain empty for years is showing signs of life. One of the windows, glass darkened with dirt, today stands open, and the lively chatter of English voices carries across the fallow fields. Laura and her teenage children have arrived. A short distance away lies the hut of Duro Kolak who lives alone with his two hunting dogs. As he helps Laura with repairs to the old house, they uncover a mosaic beneath the ruined plaster and, in the rising heat of summer, painstakingly restore it. But Gost is not all it seems; conflicts long past still suppurate beneath the scars. General adult
293 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
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Exceptional novel. Beautifully paced and great depiction of a life lived in trying circumstances.
30/01/19
Saramago
Devon Libraries
0753828081
Paperback:The last Warner woman:2011 Paperback
Author: Miller, Kei
Year: 2011
Language: English
Interest category: General fiction novels
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Phoenix
Resource type: Physical
Note: A young Jamaican woman with a gift of prophecy embarks on a journey that will take her from a leper colony, to revivalist meetings, then to England. General adult
254 p. ; 20 cm (pbk)
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0141186895
Paperback:A man of the people:2001:[New ed.] Paperback
Author: Achebe, Chinua
Year: 2001
Language: English
Interest category: General fiction novels
Media class: Paperback
Edition: [New ed.]
Publisher: Penguin
Resource type: Physical
Note: 'A Man of the People' is Achebe's analysis of post-independence African politics and of the overwhelming sense of disappointment and unease that filled Nigeria on the eve of the terrible Biafran War. General adult
Title series: Penguin classics
xiv, 136 p. ; 20 cm (pbk)
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0141186909
Paperback:Anthills of the Savannah:2001:[New ed.] Paperback
Author: Achebe, Chinua
Year: 2001
Language: English
Interest category: General fiction novels
Media class: Paperback
Edition: [New ed.]
Publisher: Penguin
Resource type: Physical
Note: Anthills of the Savannah is a frightening look at oil-boom Nigeria, a world of robberies, road blocks and intimidation in which those who are meant to be protecting a country's citizens are in reality supervising the looting. General adult
Title series: Penguin classics
xiv, 222 p. ; 20 cm (pbk)
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0143131885
Paperback:Black no more:2018 Paperback
Author: Schuyler, George S.
Year: 2018
Language: English
Interest category: General fiction novels
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Penguin Classics
Resource type: Physical
Note: A scathingly humorous novel by leading satirist, George Schuyler, this is the story of the adventures of Max Disher, the young black protagonist who thanks to the scientific discovery of a brilliant doctor, becomes white. General adult
208 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
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0708898750
Paperback:Apex hides the hurt:2018 Paperback
Author: Whitehead, Colson
Year: 2018
Language: English
Interest category: General fiction novels
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Fleet
Resource type: Physical
Note: The town of Winthrop has decided it needs a new name. The resident software millionaire wants to call it New Prospera; the mayor wants to return to the original choice of the founding black settlers; and the town's aristocracy sees no reason to change the name at all. What they need, they realise, is a nomenclature consultant. And, it turns out, the consultant needs them. But in a culture overwhelmed by marketing, the name is everything and our hero's efforts may result in not just a new name for the town but a new and subtler truth about it as well. General adult
224 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
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0747261148
Paperback:Fruit of the lemon:2000 Paperback
Author: Levy, Andrea
Year: 2000
Language: English
Interest category: General fiction novels
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Headline
Resource type: Physical
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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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Paperback:The lost child:2019 Paperback
Author: Phillips, Caryl
Year: 2019
Language: English
Interest category: General fiction novels
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Vintage Books
Resource type: Physical
Note: It is the 1960s. Isolated from her parents after falling in love with a foreigner, Monica Johnson raises her sons in the shadow of the wild Yorkshire moors. But when her younger son Tommy, a loner who is bullied at school, disappears, the family bond is demolished - with devastating consequences. Deftly intertwined with this modern narrative is the story of the ragged childhood of Emily Brontë's Heathcliff, one of literature's most enigmatic lost boys. Recovering the mysteries of the past to illuminate the predicaments of the present, 'The Lost Child' is an exquisite novel about exile, freedom and what it is to belong. General adult
272 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
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1473677726
Paperback:How are you going to save yourself:2019 Paperback
Author: Holmes, J. M.
Year: 2019
Language: English
Interest category: General fiction novels
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Sceptre
Resource type: Physical
Note: A timely debut about sex, race, family and friendship for fans of Junot Diaz and Ta-Nehisi Coates. It explores the lives of four friends from the city of Pawtucket: Rydell, Lazarus, Rakim, and Giovanni, or more affectionately Rye, Dub, Rolls, and G. Once bound together by location and shared experience, their bonds fade and change as their adult lives begin to take different shapes. They are confronted with society's expectations of them, family pressures, and ultimately the way they see themselves - sometimes conforming, sometimes challenging the stereotypes. Ultimately they are trying not to fail themselves and the people they love. General adult
247 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
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1474603610
Paperback:Augustown:2017 Paperback
Author: Miller, Kei
Year: 2017
Language: English
Interest category: General fiction novels
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Weidenfeld & Nicolson
Resource type: Physical
Note: Ma Taffy may be blind but she sees everything. So when her great-nephew Kaia comes home from school in tears, what she senses sends a deep fear through her. While they wait for his mama to come home from work, Ma Taffy recalls the story of the flying preacherman and a great thing that did not happen. A poor suburban sprawl in the Jamaican heartland, Augustown is a place where many things that should happen don't, and plenty of things that shouldn't happen do. For the story of Kaia leads back to another momentous day in Jamaican history, the birth of the Rastafari and the desire for a better life. 'Augustown' is a novel about inequality and aspiration, memory and myth, and the connections between people which can transcend these things but not always change them. General adult
242 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
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1472261569
Paperback:Goodnight, beautiful:2019 Paperback
Author: Koomson, Dorothy
Year: 2019
Language: English
Interest category: General fiction novels
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Headline Review
Resource type: Physical
Note: Nova Kumalisi would do anything for her closest friend, Mal Wacken. She owes him her life. So, when he asked her to be the surrogate mother for him and his wife, in spite of her fears about how it would alter their friendship, Nova agreed. Eight years later, Nova is bringing up their son alone, and she and Mal don't speak. General adult
432 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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1838851585
Paperback:Black Sunday:2020 Paperback
Author: Abraham, Tola Rotimi
Year: 2020
Language: English
Interest category: General fiction novels
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Canongate
Resource type: Physical
Note: Twin sisters Bibike and Ariyike are enjoying a relatively comfortable life in Lagos in 1996. Then their mother loses her job due to political strife and their father gambles away their home. As their parents' marriage collapses in the aftermath, the twins and their two younger siblings, Andrew and Peter, are thrust into the reluctant care of their traditional Yoruba grandmother. Inseparable while they had their parents to care for them, the twins' paths diverge once the household shatters.Written with astonishing intimacy and wry attention to the fickleness of fate, Black Sunday delves into the chaotic heart of family life. In the process, it tells a tale of grace in the midst of daily oppression, and of how two women carve their own distinct paths of resistance. General adult
288 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
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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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1846687861
Paperback:A lesson before dying:2011 Paperback
Author: Gaines, Ernest J.
Year: 2011
Language: English
Interest category: General fiction novels
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Serpent's Tail
Resource type: Physical
Note: A bestseller in the US, this book tells the story of a young black man sentenced to death for a murder he did not commit, and of a teacher who tries to impart to him his lerning and pride before the execution. General adult
272 p. ; 20 cm (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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1841955566
Paperback:Drinking coffee elsewhere:2005 Paperback
Author: Packer, ZZ
Year: 2005
Language: English
Interest category: General fiction novels
Media class: Paperback
Content type: Short story
Publisher: Canongate
Resource type: Physical
Note: In a debut collection by an award-winning short story writer, a scout troop of African-American girls is confronted by a group of disabled white girls and a young man considers his allegiance to his father during the Million Man March in Washington. General adult
ix, 238 p. ; 20 cm (pbk)
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1909762431
Paperback:The book of Harlan:2016 Paperback
Author: McFadden, Bernice L.
Year: 2016
Language: English
Interest category: General fiction novels
Media class: Paperback
Content type: Bibliography
Publisher: Jacaranda
Resource type: Physical
Note: Also issued in electronic format General adult
331 pages ; 22 cm (paperback)
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