This is the Canon: Decolonize Your Bookshelves in 50 Books (Paperback)
  • This is the Canon: Decolonize Your Bookshelves in 50 Books (Paperback)

This is the Canon: Decolonize Your Bookshelves in 50 Books (Paperback)

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Paperback 352 Pages / Published: 01/09/2022
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In this essential and long-overdue decolonisation of the literary canon, Anim-Addo, Osborne and Sesay provide the reader with a brilliant, enriching introduction to post-colonial fiction, celebrating powerful voices and diverse cultural perspectives from around the world.

These are the books you should read. This is the canon.

Joan Anim-Addo, Deirdre Osborne and Kadija Sesay have curated a decolonized reading list that celebrates the wide and diverse experiences of people from around the world, of all backgrounds and all races. It disrupts the all-too-often white-dominated 'required reading' collections that have become the accepted norm and highlights powerful voices and cultural perspectives that demand a place on our shelves.

From literary giants such as Toni Morrison and Chinua Achebe to less well known (but equally vital) writers such as Caribbean novelist Earl Lovelace or Indigenous Australian author Tony Birch, the novels recommended here are in turn haunting and lyrical; innovative and inspiring; edgy and poignant.

The power of great fiction is that readers have the opportunity to discover new worlds and encounter other beliefs and opinions. This is the Canon offers a rich and multifaceted perspective on our past, present and future which deserves to be read by all bibliophiles - whether they are book club members or solitary readers, self-educators or teachers.

Publisher: Quercus Publishing
ISBN: 9781529414615
Number of pages: 352
Weight: 240 g
Dimensions: 194 x 130 x 26 mm


'A vital and timely introduction to some of the best books I've ever read. Perfectly curated and filled with brilliant literature.' - Nikesh Shukla

'The ultimate introduction to post-colonial literature for those who want to understand the classics and the pioneers in this exciting area of books' - Symeon Brown

'A beautiful opportunity to rethink your reading lists and discover books from around the world... Joan Anim-Addo, Deirdre Osborne and Kadija Sesay are well respected and explain their thoughts, reasoning, and hold their arms wide in welcoming you to This is the Canon' -

Gower St Presents: This Is The Canon Panel Discussion

Gower St Presents: This Is The Canon Panel Discussion

London - Gower Street
Wednesday 19th October 18:30 - 19:45

Join us for an evening of discussion with the author of This Is The Canon, Joan Anim-Addo, Deirdre Osborne and Kadija Sesay George as they discuss the need for the book, the reasons for writing it and the process of doing so.


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“An excellent and insightful guide”

This is one of those books that does so much more than give you a good one-off experience - it's something that will help you get more out of all your reading going forward.

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