Black and British: A short, essential history (Paperback)
  • Black and British: A short, essential history (Paperback)
  • Black and British: A short, essential history (Paperback)
  • Black and British: A short, essential history (Paperback)
  • Black and British: A short, essential history (Paperback)
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Black and British: A short, essential history (Paperback)

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Published: 01/10/2020
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Revised and rewritten for younger readers, Olusoga’s insightful and invaluable history of the Black experience in the British Isles ranges from forgotten Africans in the Roman legions to the multicultural society of the present day.

Winner of the British Book Awards Children's Illustrated & Non-Fiction Book of the Year 2021

Shortlisted for the Waterstones Book of the Year 2020

A short, essential introduction to Black British history for readers of 12+ by award-winning historian and broadcaster David Olusoga.

When did Africans first come to Britain?

Who are the well-dressed black children in Georgian paintings?

Why did the American Civil War disrupt the Industrial Revolution?

These and many other questions are answered in this essential introduction to 1800 years of the Black British history: from the Roman Africans who guarded Hadrian's Wall right up to the present day.

This children's version of the bestseller Black and British: A Forgotten History is Illustrated with maps, photos and portraits.

Macmillan Children's Books will donate 50p from every copy sold to The Black Curriculum.

Publisher: Pan Macmillan
ISBN: 9781529063394
Number of pages: 176
Weight: 164 g
Dimensions: 197 x 130 x 18 mm


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For readers aged 12+, the book asks some thought-provoking questions and answers them in a smart and thorough style that will teach adults as much as it will children. We can see why it’s been called a must-read. - Evening Standard

In non fiction, David Olusoga’s authoritative text has been condensed for children in Black and British: A Short, Essential History (Macmillan). It ranges from the first Africans to come to Britain to the shameful Windrush scandal, and takes in the industrial revolution, cotton grown on slave plantations and the black soldiers who fought for Britain in the first world war. Olusoga’s book conveys with calm clarity why all British children should be taught black history - Guardian and Online

Discovering history is as entertaining as it is informative - People’s Friend

And to the present day: David Olusoga is the best possible person to write Black and British: A Short, Essential History (Pan Macmillan). This new, updated edition of his 2016 book is aimed at younger readers, and it appears at a time when many people are debating the best ways to tell histories of empire and race in the classroom. Olusoga describes it as "the book I wish I had been given to read when I was at school", and I couldn't agree more - Yasmin Khan, BBC History Magazine

In this new title, Olusoga has distilled and reframed his bestselling Black and British: A Forgotten History for younger readers. Spanning the period from Roman Britain to the modern day, Olusoga’s expertly crafted narrative makes history engaging for a new audience in clever and accessible ways. Olusoga has by no means “dumbed-down” his research from Black and British: A Forgotten History, and he forces young people to engage directly with Britain’s often-brutal past, discussing overlooked or ignored histories. Black and British: A Short, Essential History clearly demonstrates that Black History is all our history – a vital and important book. - The Scotsman

An absolute must-read for adults and secondary school children alike. - BookTrust

Let’s face it, some history books can be quite boring unless you’re particularly into history, like me, but this highly accessible text from renowned broadcaster and historian David Olusoga is a fascinating eye-opening quick read that you won’t be able to put down. Adapted from his best-selling adult version, this clearly written balanced evidence-based history book for 12+ concisely charts the forgotten histories of Black people who have inhabited Britain from Roman times right through to the present day. The most arresting part for me was learning more detail about the logistics of the transatlantic slave trade and Britain’s absolutely pivotal role in the process - something that has been completely airbrushed out of the teaching of British history. But no longer - this book sets the record straight and is an essential addition for your libraries. As it’s more suitable for teens upwards I won’t be writing a long review, though I’d say primary teachers might want to think about reading it for their own knowledge - Cocoa Girl Magazine

Brilliant, essential, accessible introduction to Black British history. Should be compulsory teaching at school. The author has a wonderful storytelling voice which you can hear coming out of the pages - It's all about Stories Blog

Black history is all but absent from the British curriculum, making David Olusoga’s Black and British: A Short, Essential History ( Macmillan) all the more vital. With this new edition of his adult bestseller, aimed at readers aged 12 and over, Olusoga chronicles 1,800 years of black people in Britain, from Roman times to the present day - Observer, part of a 'best of 2020 books' round-up

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“Not Just For Children”

An excellent introduction to Black British History, this is something that the publishing world has been missing for many, many years. I really appreciated learning more about the huge gaps in British history that... More

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“An essential read for all school children”

David Olusoga has produced this version of his well-known book ‘Black and British, A forgotten History’ for children at a time when it is essential more information is available for the younger age group.
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