Black History Month 2022

First marked in the UK in October 1987, as part of African Jubilee Year, Black History Month is a recognition of the heritage, culture, and achievements of Black Britons. With the theme ‘Time for Change: Action not Words,’ Black History Month 2022 focuses on amplifying Black voices, allyship and activism, and sharing the stories and diverse legacies of Black people in the UK. From firebrand fiction to books about Black history, and from powerful politics to inspiring reads for children, we're celebrating classic works and contemporary triumphs from the best Black authors and commentators.

The Best of 2022

Manifesto
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Me and White Supremacy
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Home Is Not A Place
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Legacy of Violence
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Black England
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The Last Colony
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Just Sayin'
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Recitatif
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The Mixed-Race Experience
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A Visible Man
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Black and Female
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People Person
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Abolition. Feminism. Now.
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The Uncomfortable Truth About Racism
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A New Formation
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In Search of Mary Seacole
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Black British History

Our best books on the Black British experience.

Natives
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Black and British
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Black Tudors
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Legacy of Violence
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Black England
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Brit(ish)
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Black Voices on Britain
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African and Caribbean People in Britain
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Settlers
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Tribes
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One of Them
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Black London
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Black Victorians
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Biracial Britain
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We're Here Because You Were There
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Back to Black
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Safe
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Boasting contributors from Doreen Lawrence to David Olusoga, Henry and Ryder's wide-ranging and urgent anthology highlights the vital benefits that Black Britons bring to society and the crucial importance of eradicating systemic racism.

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Reading for Change

Books for Allies and Activists.

The New Age of Empire
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Women, Race & Class
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How to Argue With a Racist
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The Good Ally
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What White People Can Do Next
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Whites
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This is the Canon
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The Power of Privilege
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Everyone Versus Racism
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The Sum of Us
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Slay In Your Lane
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When They Call You a Terrorist
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Loud Black Girls
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Living While Black
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This is Why I Resist
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The Race to the Top
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Remarkable Lives

Our best biographies and memoirs about Black lives.

Manifesto
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The Autobiography of Malcolm X
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My Name Is Why
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The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
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A Visible Man
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Just Sayin'
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Long Walk To Freedom
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Finding Me
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Three Mothers
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Rising to the Surface
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Notes of a Native Son
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I Heard What You Said
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Without Warning and Only Sometimes
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An Autobiography
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A Black Boy at Eton
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Rise Up
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In Search of Mary Seacole
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Originally published in the 1995 and now available in a fresh edition with a foreword by Zadie Smith, Gerzina’s engrossing classic brings to life Georgian Black Britain with vivid detail, highlighting fascinating individuals from Ignatius Sancho to Olaudah Equiano within the broader story of the struggle against enslavement.

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Staying Power

Our bestselling Black history books.

Illustrated Black History
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Black Spartacus
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The Black History Book
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How the Word Is Passed
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They Can't Kill Us All
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Afropean
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The Last Colony
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The Black Jacobins
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King Leopold's Ghost
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African Europeans
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The Wrath to Come
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The World's War
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The Warmth of Other Suns
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Caste
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A Kick in the Belly
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Begin Again
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Classic Fiction

Enduring masterworks by Black authors.

Half of a Yellow Sun
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Beloved
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White Teeth
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Invisible Man
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Giovanni's Room
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Things Fall Apart
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The Lonely Londoners
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Their Eyes Were Watching God
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Corregidora
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The Underground Railroad
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And Still I Rise
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Kindred
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The Color Purple
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Roots
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A Different Drummer
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Devil in a Blue Dress
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Sing, Unburied, Sing
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In the Castle of My Skin
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Science Fiction

Stunning sci-fi & fantasy from Black voices.

The Fifth Season
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The Gilded Ones
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Children of Blood and Bone
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Parable of the Sower
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Black Leopard, Red Wolf
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The Memory Librarian
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The Water Dancer
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The Ballad of Black Tom
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The Midnight Bargain
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Son of the Storm
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A Song of Wraiths and Ruin
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Rosewater
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New Suns
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The Deep
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The Intuitionist
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Who Fears Death
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Black No More
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The Women Could Fly
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Narrated in the style of a gloriously witty Regency polemic, The Secret Diaries of Charles Ignatius Sancho reimagines the life and times of the maverick Black writer and composer in 18th-century London in illustrious, unputdownable prose.

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Contemporary Fiction

Unmissable novels by contemporary Black writers.

The Trees
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Assembly
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The Fortune Men
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The Secret Diaries of Charles Ignatius Sancho
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The Bread the Devil Knead
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Keisha The Sket
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Glory
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Vagabonds!
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Nightcrawling
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Wahala
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Honey & Spice
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Memphis
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The Secret Lives of Church Ladies
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People Person
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The Women Could Fly
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When We Were Birds
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Here Again Now
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An Olive Grove in Ends
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Young Adult Fiction

Our best Teen and YA novels by Black writers.

This Wicked Fate
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The King is Dead
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Ace of Spades
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The Merciless Ones
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Cuts Both Ways
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Felix Ever After
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Beasts of Ruin
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The Dark Lady
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Lark & Kasim Start a Revolution
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Rapunzella, Or, Don't Touch My Hair
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If You Read This
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Endgame
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Confessions of an Alleged Good Girl
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Only on the Weekends
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Kemosha of the Caribbean
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Witness
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The Black Kids
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The Upper World
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Children's Fiction

Our best books for younger readers by Black writers and illustrators.

The Breakfast Club Adventures
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The Lizzie and Belle Mysteries: Drama and Danger
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Nature Trail
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Leonora Bolt: Secret Inventor
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Mia and the Lightcasters
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Amari and the Great Game
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The Book of Legends
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The Boy With Wings
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Marv and the Dino Attack
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The Secret Sunshine Project
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When I Was the Greatest
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Journey Back to Freedom
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The Missing Piece
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Jummy at the River School
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Onyeka and the Academy of the Sun
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Joyful, Joyful
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Colour and Me
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John Agard's Windrush Child
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The breathtaking sequel to Skin of the Sea sees Simi breaking away from her underwater underworld to fight demons above water.

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Young, Gifted & Black

Our best books for children on Black history and diversity.

Black and British: A short, essential history
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Black History
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Young, Gifted and Black
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This Book Is Anti-Racist: Volume 1
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My Skin, Your Skin
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Becoming: Adapted for Younger Readers
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Timelines from Black History
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Allies
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Black in Time
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Malorie Blackman's Advice to Budding Writers

The former Waterstones Children's Laureate and author of classics such as Noughts and Crosses provides invaluable wisdom for aspiring authors.

An Extract from Black England by Gretchen Gerzina

Read the opening of Gerzina's seminal, recently reissued volume that illuminates the lives of Black Georgians.

Paterson Joseph on Writing The Secret Diaries of Charles Ignatius Sancho

The author of the stunning new Regency-set novel discusses historical inspiration behind its titular protagonist.

Melissa Thompson Shares a Delicious Recipe from Motherland and the Story Behind It

The author of the stunning new cookbook Motherland shares the story behind and a recipe of Jamaica’s national dish.