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0141185430
Paperback:The autobiography of Malcolm X:2001:[New ed.] Paperback
Author: X, Malcolm
Author: Haley, Alex
Year: 2001
Language: English
Interest category: Biography
Media class: Paperback
Edition: [New ed.]
Publisher: Penguin
Resource type: Physical
Note: Written shortly before his assassination in 1965, this autobiography of Malcolm X traces his life from its violent beginnings in the Harlem Ghetto to his becoming one of the most important political figures of his time, and an icon in ours. General adult
Title series: Penguin classics
512p. ; 20 cm (pbk)
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0099552396
Paperback:Bageye at the wheel, a 1970s childhood in suburbia:2013 Paperback
Author: Grant, Colin
Year: 2013
Language: English
Interest category: Biography
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Vintage Books
Resource type: Physical
Note: In this memoir Colin Grant looks at his father through the eyes of his ten-year old self. General adult
280 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
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0141184140
Paperback:The fight:2000 Paperback
Author: Mailer, Norman
Year: 2000
Language: English
Interest category: Sport
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Penguin
Resource type: Physical
Note: This is the story of the world heavyweight championship fight between George Foreman and Muhammed Ali in 1975. As the weeks to the fight ticked away, Ali's preparation was sluggish and his attitude fatalistic, in contrast to the confident Foreman. General adult
Title series: Penguin classics
239p. ; 20 cm (pbk)
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0142437166
Paperback:The interesting narrative and other writings:2003:Revised ed Paperback
Author: Equiano, Olaudah
Year: 2003
Language: English
Interest category: Biography
Media class: Paperback
Edition: Revised ed
Publisher: Penguin
Resource type: Physical
Title series: Penguin classics
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0143106813
Paperback:The portable Frederick Douglass:2016 Paperback
Author: Douglass, Frederick
Editor: Gates, Henry Louis, Jr.
Editor: Stauffer, John
Year: 2016
Language: English
Interest category: Society
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Penguin Classics
Resource type: Physical
Note: A newly edited collection of the seminal writings and speeches of a legendary writer, orator, and civil rights leader. The life of Frederick Douglass is nothing less than the history of America in the 19th century from slavery to reconstruction. His influence was felt in the political sphere, major social movements, literary culture, and even international affairs. His resounding words tell not only his own remarkable story, but also that of a burgeoning nation forced to reckon with its tremulous moral ground. This compact volume offers a full course on a necessary historical figure, giving voice once again to a man whose guiding words are needed now as urgently as ever. General adult
544 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
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0143106821
Paperback:The light of truth:2014 Paperback
Author: Wells-Barnett, Ida B.
Editor: Bay, Mia
Year: 2014
Language: English
Interest category: Crime & police work
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Penguin Classics
Resource type: Physical
Note: Through social analysis, Ida Wells exposed lynching as part of a larger framework of subjugation in which white people used violence as a deliberate tactic to combat black economic progress in the southern USA. Wells established herself as an advocate for social justice and human dignity by combining irrefutable evidence with deeply personal emotional appeal. In this collection, Wells's anti-lynching crusade comes alive. Tertiary
368 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
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1509882200
Paperback:King Leopold's ghost, a story of greed, terror and heroism in colonial Africa:2019 Paperback
Author: Hochschild, Adam
Year: 2019
Language: English
Interest category: History
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Picador
Resource type: Physical
Note: When Edmund Morel realised that Belgium's colony the Congo was exploiting slave labour, he quit his job and single-handedly made the Congo's slave labour regime and the millions of lives it took into a cause which would unite the whole world. General adult
400 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
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1783527374
Paperback:Different class:2019 Paperback
Author: Kavanagh, Dermot
Year: 2019
Language: English
Interest category: Sport
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Unbound
Resource type: Physical
Note: Shortlisted for Biography of the Year at the 2018 Sports Book Awards, this is the biography of Laurie Cunningham, the first black footballer to play professionally for England. General adult
xiii, 230 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates, illustrations (black and white, and colour) ; 20 cm (pbk)
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1784787698
Paperback:If they come in the morning, voices of resistance:2016 Paperback
Editor: Davis, Angela Y.
Year: 2016
Language: English
Interest category: Crime & police work
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Verso
Resource type: Physical
Note: With race and the police once more burning issues, this classic work from one of America's giants of black radicalism has lost none of its prescience or power. The trial of Angela Davis is remembered as one of America's most historic political trials, and no one can tell the story better than Davis herself. Opening with a letter from James Baldwin to Angela, and including contributions from numerous radicals and commentators such as Black Panthers George Jackson, Huey P. Newton, Bobby Seale and Erica Huggins, this book is not only an account of Davis's incarceration and the struggles surrounding it, but also perhaps the most comprehensive and thorough analysis of the prison system of the United States and the figure embodied in Davis's arrest and imprisonment - the political prisoner. General adult
Title series: Radical thinkers
288 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
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0141977663
Paperback:A fistful of shells, West Africa from the rise of the slave trade to the age of revolution:2020 Paperback
Author: Green, Toby
Year: 2020
Language: English
Interest category: History
Media class: Paperback
Content type: Bibliography
Publisher: Penguin Books
Resource type: Physical
Note: Published outside the British Isles By the time of the 'Scramble for Africa' in the late nineteenth century, Africa had already been globally connected for many centuries. It's gold had fuelled the economies of Europe and Islamic world since around 1000, and its sophisticated kingdoms had traded with Europeans along the coasts from Senegal down to Angola since the fifteenth century. Until at least 1650, this was a trade of equals, using a variety of currencies - most importantly shells: the cowrie shells imported from the Maldives, and the nzimbu shells imported from Brazil. Toby Green's book transforms our view of West and West-Central Africa. General adult
xxxix, 613 pages, illustrations (black and white), maps (black and white) ; 20 cm (pbk)
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0349005982
Paperback:Saving Safa:2016 Paperback
Author: Dirie, Waris
Author: Lutschinger, Walter
Translator: Martin, Ruth, (Translator)
Year: 2016
Language: English, German
Interest category: Biography
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Virago
Resource type: Physical
Note: Translated from the German This translation originally published: 2015 This title opens with a letter from Safa, now aged seven, who explains that she is worried that she will undergo FGM in spite of the contract her parents have signed with Dirie's Desert Flower Foundation stating that they will never have their daughter cut. Waris drops everything and flies to Djibouti where she meets Safa's father and mother who thinks her daughter should be cut to stop the community ostracising them. Waris brings them to Paris and to Vienna, they learn about the foundation and Safa's father finally comes round to the idea of working for the foundation as well. General adult
ix, 276 pages, illustrations (black and white) ; 20 cm (pbk)
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0140437495
Paperback:The history of Mary Prince:2000 Paperback
Author: Prince, Mary
Author: Salih, Sara
Year: 2000
Language: English
Interest category: Society
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Penguin
Resource type: Physical
Note: Mary Prince recounts the agonies of forcible separation from her family, the brutality at the hands of various 'owners' and her attempts to find justice through the Anti-Slavery Society in England. Published at a time when debates about the abolition of slavery were raging, her testament gained immediate notoriety and ran into three editions in the year of its publication. Last published in hardback (0862681927) in 1987.
Title series: Penguin classics
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0349012210
Paperback:Dust tracks on a road:2019 Paperback
Author: Hurston, Zora Neale
Year: 2019
Language: English
Interest category: Biography
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Virago
Resource type: Physical
Note: First published in 1942 at the height of her popularity, 'Dust Tracks on a Road' is Zora Neale Hurston's candid, exuberant account of her rise from childhood poverty in the rural South to a prominent place among the leading artists and intellectuals of the Harlem Renaissance. General adult
Title series: Virago modern classics
352 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
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0199552398
Paperback:Up from slavery:2008 Paperback
Author: Washington, Booker T.
Author: Andrews, William L.
Year: 2008
Language: English
Interest category: Biography
Media class: Paperback
Content type: Bibliography
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Resource type: Physical
Note: The life of ex-slave Booker T. Washington embodied the legendary rise of the American self-made man, and his autobiography gave prominence for the first time to the voice of a group which had to pull itself up from extreme adversity. This book places Washington's achievement in its historical context. General adult
Title series: Oxford world's classics
240 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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0099493098
Paperback:Unbowed, a memoir:2008 Paperback
Author: Maathai, Wangari
Year: 2008
Language: English
Interest category: Biography
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Arrow
Resource type: Physical
Note: Born in the Aberdare Mountains in Kenya in 1940, Maathai grew up in a close-knit Kikuyu community where food, fresh water and fuel were plentiful. As postwar colonialism brought with it European crops and farming methods, the environmental balance was disrupted. This title talks about one womans struggle to save the trees. General adult
xvii, 314 p., [16] p. of plates, ill., ports. ; 20 cm (pbk)
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0099595842
Paperback:Narrative of the life of Frederick Douglass:2015 Paperback
Author: Douglass, Frederick
Year: 2015
Language: English
Interest category: Biography
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Vintage Classic
Resource type: Physical
Note: The story of Frederick Douglass is passionate, harrowing, and inspiring. As a former slave, impassioned abolitionist, gifted writer, newspaper editor, and powerful orator, Douglass was an immense, motivational figure. His early life, filled with physical abuse, deprivation, and tragedy, adds up to a heart wrenching history. However, he was able to overcome everything that bound a slave to his life and became a leading spokesman for his people. In this first of his three autobiographies, Douglass relates graphic descriptions of his childhood, his shocking experiences as a slave, and his thrilling escape from slavery to safety in the North and his pivotal freedom. Tertiary
128 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
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014198628X
Paperback:Don't touch my hair:2020 Paperback
Author: Dabiri, Emma
Year: 2020
Language: English
Interest category: Art, architecture & photography
Media class: Paperback
Content type: Bibliography
Publisher: Penguin Books
Resource type: Physical
Note: Published outside the British Isles Over a series of wry, informed chapters, Emma Dabiri takes us from pre-colonial Africa, through the Harlem Renaissance, Black Power and on to today's Natural Hair Movement, the Cultural Appropriation Wars and beyond. We look at everything from hair capitalists like Madam C.J. Walker in the early 1900s to the rise of Shea Moisture today, from women's solidarity and friendship to 'black people time', forgotten African scholars and the dubious provenance of Kim Kardashian's braids. 'Don't Touch My Hair' proves that far from being only hair, black hairstyling culture can be understood as an allegory for black oppression and, ultimately, liberation. Tertiary
243 pages, illustrations (black and white) ; 20 cm (pbk)
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0224092340
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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1447211367
Paperback:Bury the chains:2012 Paperback
Author: Hochschild, Adam
Year: 2012
Language: English
Interest category: Society
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Pan
Resource type: Physical
Note: This is the story of a handful of men, led by Thomas Clarkson, who defied the slave trade and ignited the first human rights movement. Beginning in 1788, a group of Abolitionists moved the cause of anti-slavery from the floor of Parliament to the homes of 300,000 people boycotting Caribbean sugar, and gave a platform to freed slaves. General adult
480 p. ; 20 cm (pbk)
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1447289552
Paperback:King of the world, Muhammad Ali and the rise of an American hero:2015:[New] edition Paperback
Author: Remnick, David
Year: 2015
Language: English
Interest category: Biography
Media class: Paperback
Edition: [New] edition
Content type: Bibliography
Publisher: Picador
Resource type: Physical
Note: Previous edition: New York: Random House, 1998 This literate, intelligent evocation of the great heavyweight champion and 20th century icon, concentrates on Ali's early career, when he was still fighting as Cassius Clay. More than a biography, this is a study of the rise of the black voice. General adult
Title series: Picador classic
xxv, 329 pages, illustrations (black and white) ; 20 cm (pbk)
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1472261917
Paperback:Mother Country, real stories of the Windrush children:2019 Paperback
Editor: Brinkhurst-Cuff, Charlie
Year: 2019
Language: English
Interest category: Society
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Headline
Resource type: Physical
Note: Britain was known as the Mother Country: a home away from home; a place that you would be welcomed with open arms; a land where you were free to build a new life. 70 years on, this remarkable book explores the reality of the Windrush experience. It is an honest, eye-opening, funny, moving and ultimately inspiring celebration of the lives of both ordinary and extraordinary people. General adult
xxx, 290 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
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1509809619
Paperback:Dare not linger, the presidential years:2018 Paperback
Author: Mandela, Nelson
Author: Langa, Mandla
Year: 2018
Language: English
Interest category: Biography
Media class: Paperback
Content type: Bibliography
Publisher: Pan Books
Resource type: Physical
Note: In 1994, Nelson Mandela became the first president of democratic South Africa. Five years later, he stood down. In that time, he and his government wrought the most extraordinary transformation, turning a nation riven by centuries of colonialism and apartheid into a fully functioning democracy in which all South Africa's citizens, black and white, were equal before the law. 'Dare Not Linger' is the story of Mandela's presidential years, drawing heavily on the memoir he began to write as he prepared to finish his term of office, but was unable to finish. Now, the acclaimed South African writer, Mandla Langa, has completed the task using Mandela's unfinished draft, detailed notes that Mandela made as events were unfolding and a wealth of previously unseen archival material. General adult
xix, 359 pages, 24 unnumbered pages of plates, illustrations (black and white, and colour) ; 20 cm (pbk)
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Paperback:Rise up, the `Merky story so far:2019 Paperback
Author: Stormzy
Author: Dennis, Kaylum
Author: Yawson, Jude
Year: 2019
Language: English
Interest category: Music, Stage and Screen
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: `Merky Books
Resource type: Physical
Note: In three years Stormzy has risen from one of the most promising musicians of his generation to a spokesperson for a generation. 'Rise Up' is the story of how he got there. It's a story about faith and the ideas worth fighting for. It's about knowing where you're from, and where you're going. It's about following your dreams without compromising who you are. General adult
231 pages, 32 unnumbered pages of plates, illustrations (black and white, and colour) ; 20 cm (pbk)
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