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0224078682
Hardback:Negro with a hat, the rise and fall of Marcus Garvey and his dream of Mother Africa:2008
Author: Grant, Colin
Year: 2008
Language: English
Interest category: Biography
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: Jonathan Cape
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. An inspiring orator, Garvey captivated audiences. This book tells his story. General adult
[ix], 530 p., [16] p. of plates, ill. ; 24 cm (hbk)
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0099282933
Paperback:Native son:2000:[New ed.]
Author: Wright, Richard
Year: 2000
Language: English
Interest category: General fiction novels
Media class: Paperback
Edition: [New ed.]
Publisher: Vintage
Resource type: Physical
Note: Bigger Thomas refuses to accept, like his mother or his girlfriend, the panaceas of religion or whisky. Unwittingly involved in a wealthy woman's death, he is hunted relentlessly. He only finally realises his individuality by facing his death. General adult
Title series: Vintage classics
xviii, 454p. ; 20 cm (pbk)
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0007150253
Paperback:Joseph Knight:2004
Author: Robertson, James
Year: 2004
Language: English
Interest category: Historical novels
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Fourth Estate
Resource type: Physical
Note: Exiled to Jamaica in 1746, Sir John Wedderburn made a fortune, returning to Scotland with Joseph Knight, a black slave. Now, in 1802, Sir John is settling his estate, and wants to find his former slave. Can old wounds that once touched the heart of Scottish law ever heal? General adult
372 p. ; 20 cm (pbk)
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0007195303
Paperback:The known world:2003
Author: Jones, Edward P.
Year: 2003
Language: English
Interest category: Historical novels
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: HarperPerennial
Resource type: Physical
Note: Winner of the 2003 Pulitzer prize, this epic novel explores a less well-known aspect to slavery and plantation life. The book considers the relationship between slavery and plantation life, both in the past and in the present.
400p ; 200mm (pbk)
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0582236991
Paperback:Sozaboy, a novel in rotten English:1994
Author: Saro-Wiwa, Ken
Year: 1994
Language: English
Interest category: General fiction novels
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Longman
Resource type: Physical
188 (Pbk)
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1569473455
Hardback:The darkest child:2004
Author: Phillips, Delores
Year: 2004
Language: English
Interest category: General fiction novels
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: Soho
Resource type: Physical
Note: Rozelle Quinn is so fair-skinned she could pass for white, but everyone in her small Georgia town knows she's not. Her ten children, by different fathers, give her the only power she feels she has. Tangy Mae, the darkest of her children, wants to continue her education, but Rozelle has other ideas.
388p ; 210mm (hbk)
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1471271676
Large print:Uncle Tom's cabin:2014
Author: Stowe, Harriet Beecher
Year: 2014
Language: English
Interest category: Large Print
Media class: Large print
Publisher: Clipper Large Print
Resource type: Physical
Note: This book charts the paths from slavery to freedom of fugitives who escape the chains of American chattel slavery and of a martyr who transcends all earthly ties, and locates the issues of race and the role of women. General adult
768 pages (large print) (pbk)
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0860685241
Paperback:Their eyes were watching God:2007
Author: Hurston, Zora Neale
Year: 2007
Language: English
Interest category: General fiction novels
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Virago
Resource type: Physical
Note: At the age of 16, Janie is caught kissing the shiftless Johnny Taylor, so her grandmother quickly marries her off to an old man with 60 acres. Refusing to compromise in spite of society's expectations, Janie endures two stifling marriages before meeting the man of her dreams. General adult
288 p. ; 20 cm (pbk)
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0099362813
Paperback:Roots:1991
Author: Haley, Alex
Year: 1991
Language: English
Interest category: General fiction novels
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Vintage
Resource type: Physical
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1857152069
Hardback:Uncle Tom's cabin:1994
Author: Stowe, Harriet Beecher
Year: 1994
Language: English
Interest category: General fiction novels
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: David Campbell
Resource type: Physical
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1472214811
Paperback:Kindred:2014
Author: Butler, Octavia E.
Year: 2014
Language: English
Interest category: General fiction novels
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Headline
Resource type: Physical
Note: On her 26th birthday, Dana and her husband are moving into their apartment when she starts to feel dizzy. She falls to her knees, nauseous. Then the world falls away. She finds herself at the edge of a green wood by a vast river. A child is screaming. Wading into the water, she pulls him to safety, only to find herself face to face with a very old looking rifle, in the hands of the boy's father. She's terrified. The next thing she knows she's back in her apartment, soaking wet. It's the most terrifying experience of her life - until it happens again. The longer Dana spends in 19th century Maryland - a very dangerous place for a black woman - the more aware she is that her life might be over before it's even begun. General adult
295 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
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1841593273
Hardback:The African trilogy, Things fall apart, No longer at ease, Arrow of God:2010
Author: Achebe, Chinua
Author: Achebe, Chinua
Author: Achebe, Chinua
Author: Achebe, Chinua
Year: 2010
Language: English
Interest category: General fiction novels
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: Everyman
Resource type: Physical
Note: Chinua Achebe is considered the father of African literature in English, the writer who opened the magic casements of African fiction for an international readership. Following the 50th anniversary of the publication of 'Things Fall Apart', Everyman has published the novel alongside 'No Longer at Ease' and 'Arrow of God'. General adult
1. - v. ; 21 cm (hbk)
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0140276335
Paperback:White teeth:2001
Author: Smith, Zadie
Year: 2001
Language: English
Interest category: General fiction novels
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Penguin
Resource type: Physical
Note: White Teeth is a comic epic of multicultural Britain by one of the most exciting young writers of 2000. It tells the story of immigrants in England over a period of 40 years. Originally published: London: Hamish Hamilton, 2000
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1472211065
Paperback:Small island:2014:10th anniversary edition
Author: Levy, Andrea
Year: 2014
Language: English
Interest category: General fiction novels
Media class: Paperback
Edition: 10th anniversary edition
Publisher: Tinder Press
Resource type: Physical
Note: Previous edition: London: Headline Review, 2004 Returning to England after the war Gilbert Joseph is treated very differently now that he is no longer in an RAF uniform. Joined by his wife Hortense, he rekindles a friendship with Queenie who takes in Jamaican lodgers. Can their dreams of a better life in England overcome the prejudice they face? General adult
533 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
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0141039280
Paperback:The help:2010
Author: Stockett, Kathryn
Year: 2010
Language: English
Interest category: General fiction novels
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Penguin
Resource type: Physical
Note: Aibileen is a black maid, raising her 17th white child, but with a bitter heart after the death of her son. Minny is the sassiest woman in Mississippi. Skeeter is a white woman with a degree but no ring on her finger. Seemingly as different as can be, these women will come together for a clandestine project that will put them all at risk. General adult
444 p. ; 20 cm (pbk)
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Marston Meysey book Group, December 2011 The book appealed to nearly all members of the group. Those of us who read it for the second time found it as captivating as the first time. We were drawn to the main characters who are vividly depicted and felt empathy for them as they struggled bravely to achieve their goal. The obvious point of discussion is racism. Why does racism happen? Were white women like Hilly the product of the society they lived in or were they inherently bad? What about racism in our own country? It might be interesting for future readers to read "An Open Statement for the Fans of The Help", written by the Association of Black Women Historians. (Their website is ABWH). The members of the Association express very strong views on both the book and the film. We would strongly recommend "The Help" to reading groups. Star rating: 4,5 out of 5
06/03/13
wiltshire libraries
Wiltshire
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Paperback:Small island:2004
Author: Levy, Andrea
Year: 2004
Language: English
Interest category: General fiction novels
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Review
Resource type: Physical
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Chippenham Ladies Book Group, October 2011 An often humorous read with some unusual and interesting perspectives on World War ll. Definitely a book of two halves, the first half is a little slow and the focus of the book is unclear. The style is not chronological which can make it difficult at times but if you can persevere to the end all becomes clear. A truly entertaining read.
07/03/13
wiltshire libraries
Wiltshire
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1844088189
Hardback:I know why the caged bird sings:2012
Author: Angelou, Maya
Year: 2012
Language: English
Interest category: Biography
Media class: Hardback
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
Title series: Virago modern classics
288 p. ; 20 cm (hbk)
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0099511657
Paperback:Beloved:2007
Author: Morrison, Toni
Year: 2007
Language: English
Interest category: General fiction novels
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Vintage
Resource type: Physical
Note: Terrible, unspeakable things happened to Sethe at Sweet Home, the farm where she lived as a slave for so many years until she escaped to Ohio. Her new life is full of hope but 18 years later she is still not free. Sethe's new home is not only haunted by the memories of her past but also by the ghost of her baby, who died nameless. General adult Pulitzer Prize for Fiction 1988
Title series: Vintage classics
xiii, 321 p. ; 20 cm (pbk)
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1780228716
Paperback:The color purple:2014
Author: Walker, Alice
Year: 2014
Language: English
Interest category: General fiction novels
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Phoenix
Resource type: Physical
Note: This compelling and cherished classic tells the story of Celie. Raped by the man she calls father, her two children taken from her and forced into an ugly marriage, she has no one to talk to but God, until she meets a woman who offers love and support. General adult
x, 262 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
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Walker is an amazing author. This is a very heavy story full of abuse, but Walker handles it well and with compassion.
26/10/18
Fydl
Edinburgh
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0747266832
Paperback:The secret life of bees:2002
Author: Kidd, Sue Monk
Year: 2002
Language: English
Interest category: General fiction novels
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Review
Resource type: Physical
Note: Lily has grown up believing she accidentally killed her mother when she was 4. She not only has her own memory of holding the gun, but her father's account of the event. Now fourteen, she yearns for her mother, and for forgiveness. Originally published: 2002
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Reading Group review. We almost all liked this book. An easy read and an interesting story, with its glimpses of US racial attitudes of the day. Only complaint was that it was a bit too like a fairy tale - the good people 100% good, the bad 100% bad.
16/05/18
Reading Group Shropshire
Shropshire
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0099419785
Paperback:To kill a mockingbird:1998
Author: Lee, Harper
Year: 1998
Language: English
Interest category: General fiction novels
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Arrow
Resource type: Physical
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Although sad and controversial, it's an amazing book for anyone 14+. It's written amazingly well and very immersive. Definitely 5*****!
24/11/18
bookguy
West Sussex
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0007200285
Paperback:Half of a yellow sun:2007
Author: Adichie, Chimamanda Ngozi
Year: 2007
Language: English
Interest category: General fiction novels
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Harper Perennial
Resource type: Physical
Note: Set in Nigeria during the 1960s, this novel contains three main characters who get swept up in the violence during these turbulent years. It is about Africa, about the end of colonialism, about class and race, and the ways in which love can complicate these things. General adult
433 p. ; 20 cm (pbk)
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Coleman Book Group, February 2012 Half a Yellow Sun, takes its title from the emblem for Biafra, the breakaway state in eastern Nigeria that survived for only three years, and whose name became a global byword for war by starvation. Adichie's writing is a powerful focus on war's impact on civilian life. She describes each of the central characters attempts to understand and survive this war. Some of us found the book difficult to read, both because of the gruesome events described and because we struggled with unfamiliar names. However we felt it was a worthwhile emotional and educational read.
06/03/13
wiltshire libraries
Wiltshire
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1780746350
Paperback:A brief history of seven killings:2015
Author: James, Marlon
Year: 2015
Language: English
Interest category: General fiction novels
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Oneworld
Resource type: Physical
Note: Set against the backdrop of 1970s reggae culture, disco, sex and excess comes this remarkable re-imagining of the attempted assassination of Bob Marley. General adult
704 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
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This is quite an epic novel-nearly 700 pages and very small type. It is complex in its structure and needs concentration to follow 'the plot'. Much of it is also in Jamaican patois [or pidgin English] so sentence construction is not straight forward. However, this should not deter you; I admit at times that I almost gave up but am glad that I perservered and throughly enjoyed reading it. Being a pensioner, Bob Marley is more than a character in this novel to me and, if this is a reflection of what happened, then I am better informed. I know that there is a basis of fact in this novel.
12/01/16
gareth.harris9@ntlworld.com
Bromleybc
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0571225209
Paperback:Golden Hill:2016
Author: Spufford, Francis
Year: 2016
Language: English
Interest category: Historical novels
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Faber & Faber
Resource type: Physical
Note: One rainy evening in November, a handsome young stranger fresh off the boat pitches up at a counting-house door in Golden Hill Street: this is Mr Smith, amiable, charming, yet strangely determined to keep suspicion simmering. For in his pocket, he has what seems to be an order for a thousand pounds, a huge amount, and he won't explain why, or where he comes from, or what he can be planning to do in the colonies that requires so much money. Should the New York merchants trust him? Should they risk their credit and refuse to pay? Should they befriend him, seduce him, arrest him- maybe even kill him? General adult
344 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
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0007506074
Paperback:Half of a yellow sun:2013:Film tie-in edition
Author: Adichie, Chimamanda Ngozi
Year: 2013
Language: English
Interest category: General fiction novels
Media class: Paperback
Edition: Film tie-in edition
Publisher: Fourth Estate
Resource type: Physical
Note: Film tie-in Set in Nigeria during the 1960s, this novel contains three main characters who get swept up in the violence during these turbulent years. It is about Africa, about the end of colonialism, about class and race, and the ways in which love can complicate these things. General adult
448 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
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