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0141015748
Paperback:What is the what, the autobiography of Valentino Achak Deng, a novel:2008
Author: Eggers, Dave
Year: 2008
Language: English
Interest category: General fiction novels
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Penguin
Resource type: Physical
Note: 'What is the What' is an unflinching portrayal of the lives of two boys during the Sudanese civil war - one, at seven, too young to know what's happening to his country; the other, at ten, old enough to fight for the rebel army. General adult
xv, 538 p. ; 20 cm (pbk)
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0252079094
Paperback:King, a biography:[2013]:Third edition
Author: Lewis, David L.
Year: [2013]
Language: English
Interest category: Biography
Media class: Paperback
Edition: Third edition
Publisher: University of Illinois Press
Resource type: Physical
Note: Previous edition: 1978 Published outside the British Isles Updated with a new preface and more than a dozen photographs of King and his contemporaries, this edition presents the unforgettable story of King's life and death for a new generation. General adult
xxiv, 468 pages ; 22 cm (pbk)
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1331798752
Paperback:Running a Thousand Miles for Freedom, Or, the Escape of William and Ellen Craft from Slavery:2015
Year: 2015
Language: English
Interest category: Biography
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Forgotten Books
Resource type: Physical
120 (Pbk)
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1844081168
Paperback:Slave, the true story of a girl's lost childhood and her fight for survival:2007
Author: Nazer, Mende
Author: Lewis, Damien
Year: 2007
Language: English
Interest category: Living & learning
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Virago
Resource type: Physical
Note: Mende Nazer tells the horrifying story of her kidnap, at age 12, from an idyllic life with her family in a small village in Sudan, to be sold into slavery. Trafficked to Europe and the London home of a Sudanese diplomat, Mende escaped - only to find she had to fight for asylum in a supposedly free country. General adult
325 p. ; 20 cm (pbk)
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1905147082
Paperback:The white Masai:2006
Author: Hofmann, Corinne
Year: 2006
Language: English
Interest category: Living & learning
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia
Resource type: Physical
Note: Corinne Hofmann fell in love with a Masai warrior while on holiday in Kenya. After overcoming all sorts of obstacles, she moved into a tiny shack with him and his mother, and spent four years there. Slowly the dream crumbled, and she fled back home with her baby daughter. This is her story. This translation originally published: London: Bliss, 2005
320p ; 200mm (pbk)
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1860742866
Hardback:The Josephine Baker story:2000
Author: Wood, Ean
Year: 2000
Language: English
Interest category: Biography
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: Sanctuary
Resource type: Physical
Note: An exhaustively researched biography of American dance star Josephine Baker, from a deprived childhood in the racist society of St Louis to huge success on Broadway, move to Paris in the 1920s, and slide into poverty in her later years.
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1844085066
Paperback:A song flung up to heaven:2008
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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1910376140
Hardback:King of Kings, the triumph and tragedy of Haile Selassie I:2015
Author: Asfa-Wossen Asserate
Translator: Lewis, Peter
Year: 2015
Language: English, German
Interest category: Biography
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: Haus Publishing Ltd
Resource type: Physical
Note: Translated from the German Haile Selassie I, the last emperor of Ethiopia, was as brilliant as he was formidable. A descendant of King Solomon and an early proponent of African unity and independence, Haile Selassie fought with the Allies against the Axis powers during World War II and was a messianic figure for the Jamaican Rastafarians. Written by Asfa-Wossen Asserate, Haile Selassie's grandnephew, this is the first major biography on this final 'king of kings.' General adult
420 pages ; 24 cm (hbk)
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0316880205
Hardback:The illustrated Long walk to freedom, the autobiography of Nelson Mandela:1996:Abridged ed.
Author: Mandela, Nelson
Year: 1996
Language: English
Interest category: Biography
Media class: Hardback
Edition: Abridged ed.
Publisher: Little Brown
Resource type: Physical
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1784081698
Paperback:Triumph, Jesse Owens & Hitler's Olympics:2014
Author: Schaap, Jeremy
Year: 2014
Language: English
Interest category: Sport
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Head of Zeus
Resource type: Physical
Note: As hosts of the summer Olympics of 1936, Nazi Germany would open its doors to a world divided between admiration and horror. No one was more aware of this than the Führer himself. Hitler was determined these games would promote his regime, but a young American athlete threatened to ruin his plan. Jesse Owens, the 22-year-old son of African-American sharecroppers, had been building a reputation for himself as a formidable athlete. He went on to win four gold medals, demonstrating better than any politican could the flaws in Hitler's racist beliefs. This is the incredible story of one of the most iconic clashes in sports and world history. General adult
xv, 272 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates, illustrations (black and white) ; 20 cm (pbk)
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0141185910
Paperback:Go tell it on the mountain:1953
Author: Baldwin, James
Year: 1953
Language: English
Interest category: General fiction novels
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Penguin
Resource type: Physical
Note: First published in 1953, Baldwin's first novel is a short but intense, semi-autobiographical exploration of the troubled life of the Grimes family in Harlem during the depression. Originally published: 1953
Title series: Penguin classics
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This 'happy' (clappy?) family might have benefited more from receiving Sky TV; their preferred heavenly medium was accessed through the neighburhood church and as others continued to differ - we'll count the author among the sanest of narrators, the public building's architects designed only to hear only those who were prepared to sin the loudest and longest.
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1844085058
Paperback:All God's children need travelling shoes:2008
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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1843549956
Hardback:From Harvey River, a memoir of my mother and her island:2009
Author: Goodison, Lorna
Year: 2009
Language: English
Interest category: Biography
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: Atlantic
Resource type: Physical
Note: In her lovingly written, richly imaginative and effortlessly joyful memoir, poet Lorna Goodison weaves the history of her family - 'the fabulous Harvey girls' - with the history of Jamaica. It is a powerful love letter to the people and places that have shaped her. General adult
279 p., 1 ill., ports. ; 23 cm (hbk)
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0140439021
Paperback:Wonderful adventures of Mrs Seacole in many lands:2005:New ed.
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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1847674380
Hardback:Dreams from my father, a story of race and inheritance:2009:[New] ed
Author: Obama, Barack
Year: 2009
Language: English
Interest category: Biography
Media class: Hardback
Edition: [New] ed
Publisher: Canongate
Resource type: Physical
Note: This ed. originally published: New York: Crown, 2004; Edinburgh: Canongate, 2007 In this memoir written at the age of 33, Barack Obama, son of a black African father and a white American mother, describes the search for meaning in his life as a black American. General adult
xvii, 442 p. ; 25 cm (hbk)
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1471246795
Large print:Twelve years a slave:2013
Author: Northup, Solomon
Year: 2013
Language: English
Interest category: Large Print
Media class: Large print
Publisher: Clipper Large Print
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
320 pages (large print) (pbk)
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0349112983
Paperback:The autobiography of Martin Luther King Jr.:2000
Author: King, Martin Luther
Year: 2000
Language: English
Interest category: Biography
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Abacus
Resource type: Physical
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0316909653
Hardback:Long walk to freedom:1994
Author: Mandela, Nelson
Year: 1994
Language: English
Interest category: Biography
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: Little, Brown
Resource type: Physical
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1846145767
Hardback:There was a country, a personal history of Biafra:2012
Author: Achebe, Chinua
Year: 2012
Language: English
Interest category: Biography
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: Allen Lane
Resource type: Physical
Note: From the legendary author of 'Things Fall Apart' comes this long-awaited memoir recalling Achebe's personal experiences of and reflections on one of his country's most tragic civil wars. General adult
333 p., maps ; 23 cm (hbk)
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1844089142
Hardback:Mom & me & mom:2013
Author: Angelou, Maya
Year: 2013
Language: English
Interest category: Biography
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: Virago
Resource type: Physical
Note: This is the 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. Anyone who's read the classic, 'I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings', knows Maya Angelou was raised by her paternal grandmother in Stamps, Arkansas. In 'Mom & Me & Mom', Angelou details what brought her mother to send her away and unearths the well of emotions Angelou experienced long afterward as a result. General adult
195 pages, illustrations (black and white) ; 21 cm (hbk)
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1847670946
Paperback:Dreams from my father, a story of race and inheritance:2008:[New ed.]
Author: Obama, Barack
Year: 2008
Language: English
Interest category: Biography
Media class: Paperback
Edition: [New ed.]
Publisher: Canongate
Resource type: Physical
Note: In this memoir written at the age of 33, Barack Obama, son of a black African father and a white American mother, describes the search for meaning in his life as a black American. General adult
xvii, 442 p. ; 20 cm (pbk)
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1780745222
Hardback:Another man's war, the story of a Burma Boy in Britain's forgotten African army:2014
Author: Phillips, Barnaby
Year: 2014
Language: English
Interest category: Wars & warfare
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: Oneworld
Resource type: Physical
Note: At age 16 Isaac Fadoyebo ran away from his West African village to join the British Army. The Second World War was raging, and Nigeria's colonial masters were desperate to find men to defend the Empire. Veteran foreign correspondent Barnaby Phillips delivers the gripping, unforgettable story of a Burma Boy in the Second World War and the legacy of the British Empire in Africa and Asia. General adult
xv, 313 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates, illustrations (black and white), maps (black and white) ; 24 cm (hbk)
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1844089150
Paperback:Mom & me & mom:2014
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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1471294587
Large print:Triumph, Jesse Owens & Hitler's Olympics:2015
Author: Schaap, Jeremy
Year: 2015
Language: English
Interest category: Large Print
Media class: Large print
Publisher: Clipper Large Print
Resource type: Physical
Note: Standard format edition originally published: Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 2007 As hosts of the summer Olympics of 1936, Nazi Germany would open its doors to a world divided between admiration and horror. No one was more aware of this than the Führer himself. Hitler was determined these games would promote his regime, but a young American athlete threatened to ruin his plan. Jesse Owens, the 22-year-old son of African-American sharecroppers, had been building a reputation for himself as a formidable athlete. He went on to win four gold medals, demonstrating better than any politican could the flaws in Hitler's racist beliefs. This is the incredible story of one of the most iconic clashes in sports and world history. General adult
320 pages (large print) (pbk)
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1845294971
Paperback:Mary Seacole, the charismatic black nurse who became a heroine of the Crimea:2006
Author: Robinson, Jane
Year: 2006
Language: English
Interest category: Biography
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Constable
Resource type: Physical
Note: For more than a century after her death Mary Seacole, recently voted the greatest black Briton in history, was all but forgotten. This full-length biography brings her centre stage and examines her life and times. General adult
288 p. ; 20 cm (pbk)
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