August 8th is the annual Black British Book Festival, and what better way to celebrate than to gather together some of the best books out there by some of Britain's finest Black authors? We've got something for everyone here - a little bit of YA, a little bit of romance, some fantasy and adventure, and more. Read on and find your next read in our list below.
Patrice Lawrence7,99 € 7,43 €
Sixteen-year-old Marlon has made his mum a promise - he'll never follow his big brother, Andre, down the wrong path. So far, it's been easy, but when a date ends in tragedy, Marlon finds himself hunted. They're after the mysterious Mr Orange, and they're going to use Marlon to get to him. Marlon's out of choices - can he become the person he never wanted to be, to protect everyone he loves?
Berni Sorga-Millwood8,99 € 8,36 €
Jack and Toni, childhood schoolmates, set out on a routine boat trip to a neighbouring island, but things go awry when they discover that due to an oversight by Toni, they do not have enough fuel to make the journey and they are stranded at sea. Optimistic at first that they will be rescued within hours, they slowly begin to realize that the mistake has left them in serious jeopardy, and as the first days draw to an end they can see no end in sight, but their own. Based on a true story, as the days lengthen at sea, we are gifted with a vision of the beauty of the Solomon Islands, and the environmental debt it is owed by the world, after decades of overfishing, logging and now rising sea levels due to global warming. At the heart, this is a crucial, and important novel on climate change, culture and human relations.
Paul Mendez8,99 € 8,36 €
An essential and revelatory coming-of-age narrative from a thrilling new voice, Rainbow Milk follows nineteen-year-old Jesse McCarthy as he grapples with his racial and sexual identities against the backdrop of his Jehovah's Witness upbringing. In the 1950s, ex-boxer Norman Alonso is a determined and humble Jamaican who has immigrated to Britain with his wife and children to secure a brighter future. Blighted with unexpected illness and racism, Norman and his family are resilient, but are all too aware that their family will need more than just hope to survive in their new country. At the turn of the millennium, Jesse seeks a fresh start in London, escaping a broken immediate family, a repressive religious community and his depressed hometown in the industrial Black Country. But once he arrives he finds himself at a loss for a new center of gravity, and turns to sex work, music and art to create his own notions of love, masculinity and spirituality.
Alex Wheatle9,99 € 9,29 €
It is 1981, and Brixton is on the verge of exploding. Biscuit lives with his mother, brother and sister, trapped hustling on the frontline for the South London badman Nunchucks. As the patience of the community breaks and the riots erupt, Biscuit must make a choice that could change his life forever.
Leone Ross9,99 € 9,29 €
In Leone Ross's luminous collection of short stories ranging from richly extended stories to intense pieces of flash fiction, set between Jamaica and Britain anything can happen. Ross's setting may be familiar and her characters recognisable, but these stories take a magical/fantastical turn that dramatically transforms the way we see. Other stories draw us straight into the world of the fantastical or the implausible with such meticulous and concrete detail that we accept these as reality: a wife returns from the dead and their marital bickering resumes, a headless girl barely lifts an eyebrow among her school companions, a security guard collects discarded hymens and uncovers a deeper empathy for women. At the heart of the stories is Leone Ross's refusal to accept any boundary between the erotic and the most inventive kind of pornography. There is a seriousness here too, in the author s intentions: a vision of the fluidity of the person, the inequalities of the body politic from the deaths of black people at the hands of the police, to the deep shifts that signal subtle changes in the nature of capitalism. This is a richly varied, witty and entertaining collection whose frankness may sometimes tickle, sometimes shock; but always engages the intellect and the heart.
Michael Donkor8,99 € 8,36 €
Two girls, two different worlds, one unexpected friendship. Belinda is everything a good Ghanaian housegirl should be - diligent and uncomplaining, she knows exactly how to follow the rules. Amma has never been a great one for rule-keeping. And when her parents meet Belinda on a visit from England they suspect she might be just the shining example their wayward teenager daughter needs. So Belinda must leave behind her old life and travel to London to befriend a girl who shows no desire for her company. But in this bewildering city, surprises are waiting down every bus route, and when the cracks in Amma’s defences open up, the secrets they have both been holding onto are brought into the light.
Faridah Abike-Iyimide8,99 € 8,36 €
Welcome to Niveus Private Academy, where money paves the hallways, and the students are never less than perfect. Until now. Because anonymous texter, Aces, is revealing the darkest secrets of two students. Talented musician Devon buries himself in rehearsals, but he can't escape the spotlight when his private photos go public. Head girl Chiamaka isn't afraid to get what she wants, but soon everyone will know the price she has paid for power. Someone is out to get them both. Someone who holds all the aces. And they're planning much more than a high-school game...
Dorothy Koomson8,99 € 8,36 €
Serena and Poppy were teenagers when they were branded as the Ice Cream Girls. When they were accused of murder, one of them was sent to prison while the other was set free. Now, 20 years later, one of them is doing all she can to clear her name and the other is frantically trying to keep her secrets. Which Ice Cream Girl is desperate enough to kill to get what she wants?
Oyinkan Braithwaite8,99 € 8,36 €
When Korede's dinner is interrupted one night by a distress call from her sister, Ayoola, she knows what's expected of her: bleach, rubber gloves, nerves of steel and a strong stomach. This'll be the third boyfriend Ayoola's dispatched in, quote, self-defence and the third mess that her lethal little sibling has left Korede to clear away. She should probably go to the police for the good of the menfolk of Nigeria, but she loves her sister and, as they say, family always comes first. Until, that is, Ayoola starts dating the doctor where Korede works as a nurse. Korede's long been in love with him, and isn't prepared to see him wind up with a knife in his back: but to save one would mean sacrificing the other...
Judith Bryan8,99 € 8,36 €
S. I. Martin8,99 € 8,36 €
Mike Phillips8,99 € 8,36 €
Nicola Williams8,99 € 8,36 €
C.L.R. James8,99 € 8,36 €
Jacqueline Roy8,99 € 8,36 €