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Black History Month

Black History Month: titles suitable for adults (fiction)

  • Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  • Roots by Alex Haley
  • Beloved by Toni Morrison
  • Things fall apart by Chinua Achebe
  • Swing time by Zadie Smith
  • The help by Kathryn Stockett
  • Go tell it on the mountain by James Baldwin
  • The lonely Londoners by Samuel Selvon
  • Black leopard, red wolf by Marlon James
  • Freshwater by Akwaeke Emezi
  • Ghana must go by Taiye Selasi
  • The underground railroad by Colson Whitehead
  • The nickel boys by Colson Whitehead
  • Their eyes are watching God by Zora Neale Hurston
  • Sing, unburied, sing by Jesmyn Ward
  • Queenie by Candice Carty-Williams
  • Gingerbread by Helen Oyeyemi
  • Ayiti by Roxane Gay
  • Kindred by Octavia E. Butler
  • Tell me your secret by Dorothy Koomson
  • Ruby by Cynthia Bond
  • The color purple by Alice Walker
  • Down the river unto the sea by Walter Mosley
  • A brief history of seven killings by Marlon James
  • Bluebird, bluebird: a novel by Attica Locke
  • Stay with me by Ayobami Adebayo
  • The sellout by Paul Beatty
  • Here comes the sun by Nicole Dennis-Benn
  • An American marriage by Tayari Jones
  • The freedom artist by Ben Okri

Black History Month: titles suitable for adults (non-fiction)

  • Can’t stop won’t stop: a history of the hip-hop generation by Jeff Chang
  • Natives: race and class in the ruins of empire by Akala
  • The world’s war: forgotten soldiers of empire by David Olusoga
  • Bob Marley: the untold story by Chris Salewicz
  • Black poppies: Britain’s black community and the Great War by Stephen Bourne
  • I can’t breathe: the killing that started a movement by Matt Taibbi
  • Why I’m no longer talking to black people about race by Reni Eddo-Lodge
  • Windrush: the irresistible rise of multi-racial Britain by Mike Phillips
  • Abolitionism: a very short introduction by Richard S. Newman
  • Africa’s long road to independence: the many histories of a continent by Keith Somerville
  • Forgotten: the untold story of D-Day’s black heroes, at home and at war by Linda Hervieux
  • I am not your negro by James Baldwin
  • Grime kids: the inside story of the global grime takeover by DJ Target
  • Black and Britain: a forgotten history by David Olusoga
  • Back to black: retelling Black radicalism for the 21st century by Kehunde Andrews
  • The making of Black Lives Matters: a brief history of an idea by Christophe Lebron
  • The good immigrant by Nikesh Shukla
  • They can’t kill us all: the story of Black Lives Matter by Wesley Lowery
  • Born a crime and other stories by Trevor Noah
  • This is grime by Hattie Collins
  • Chuck D presents this day in rap and hip-hop history by Chuck D
  • Rise up: the Merky story so far by Stormzy
  • The Penguin atlas of African history by Colin McEvedy
  • Eskiboy by Wiley
  • The life and rhymes of Benjamin Zephaniah: the autobiography by Benjamin Zephaniah
  • A short history of slavery by James Walvin
  • Inner city pressure: the story of grime by Dan Hancox
  • Island people: the Caribbean and the world by Joshua Jelly-Schapiro
  • Black British history: new perspectives by Hakim Adi
  • Sounds like London: 100 years of black music in the capital by Lloyd Bradley
  • Unforgivable blackness: the rise and fall of Jack Johnson by Geoffrey C Ward
  • Notes from Africa: a musical journey with Youssou N’Dour by Jenny Cathcart
  • Black, listed: black British culture explored by Jeffrey Boakye
  • Bloody foreigners: the story of immigration to Britain by Robert Winder
  • Arthur Ashe: a life by Raymond Arsenault
  • Voices of the Windrush generation: the real story told by the people themselves by David Matthews
  • Kumukanda by Kayombo Chingonyi
  • Afropean: notes from black Europe by Johny Pitts
  • Rough crossings: Britain, the slaves and the American Revolution by Simon Schama
  • The Oxford companion to black British history by David Dabydeen
  • Ali: the fight America didn’t want by Russell Routledge
  • Memphis 68: the tragedy of southern soul by Stuart Cosgrove
  • Hidden figures: the untold story of the African American women who helped win the space race by Margot Lee Shetterly
  • Homecoming: voices of the Windrush generation by Colin Grant
  • They don’t teach this by Eniola Aluka
  • Lady sings the blues by Billie Holiday
  • Negro with a hat: the rise and fall of Marcus Garvey by Colin Grant
  • Black artists in British art: a history from 1950 to the present by Eddie Chambers
  • The making of black working class Britain by Ron Ramdin
  • The heart of the race: black women’s lives in Britain by Beverley Bryan
  • Africa: altered states, ordinary miracles by Richard Dowden
  • I & I: Marley, Tosh and Wailer by Colin Grant
  • Rising star: the making of Barack Obama by David J. Garrow
  • Dare not linger: the presidential years by Nelson Mandela
  • Harlem 69: the future of soul by Stuart Cosgrove
  • The autobiography of Martin Luther King Jr by Martin Luther King Jr
  • There ain’t no black in the Union Jack: the cultural politics of race and nation by Paul Gilroy
  • The three degrees by Paul Rees
  • Black Britain: a photographic history by Paul Gilroy
  • Bass culture: when reggae was king by Lloyd Bradley
  • Black klansman: race, hate, and the undercover investigation of lifetime by Ron Stallworth
  • The fire this time: a new generation speaks about race by Jesmyn Ward
  • Twelve years a slave by Solomon Northup
  • Maya Angelou: the complete poetry by Maya Angelou
  • England’s other countrymen: Black Tudor society by Onyeka Nubia
  • Hip hop raised me by DJ Semtex
  • Motown: the sound of young America by Adam White
  • Staying power: the history of black people in Britain by Peter Fryer
  • Becoming by Michelle Obama

Black History Month: titles suitable for teenagers

  • Black enough: stories of being young and black in America by Ibi Aanu Zoboi
  • Noughts + crosses by Malorie Blackman
  • Crossfire by Malorie Blackman
  • Everything, everything by Nicola Yoon
  • The sun is also a star by Nicola Yoon
  • The boy in the black suit by Jason Reynolds
  • The hate u give by Angie Thomas
  • On the come up by Angie Thomas
  • Nothing but the truth by Dick Lehr
  • Oh my gods by Alexandra Sheppard
  • Indigo donut by Patrice Lawrence
  • The black flamingo by Dean Atta
  • The belles by Dhonielle Clayton
  • Opposite of always by Justin A. Reynolds
  • Children of blood and bone by Tomi Adeyemi
  • Ghost boys by Jewell Par Rhodes
  • Becoming Dinah by Kit De Waal
  • Dread nation by Justina Ireland

Black History Month: titles suitable for children

  • Look up! by Nathan Bryon
  • How high the moon by Karyn Parsons
  • Hair love by Matthew Cherry
  • Billy and the dragon by Nadia Shireen
  • No longer alone by Joseph Coelho
  • Baby goes to market by Atinuke
  • Julian the mermaid by Jessica Love
  • The tunnels below by Nadine Wild-Palmer
  • Astro girl by Ken Wilson-Max
  • Mira’s curly hair by Maryam Al Serkal
  • Patina by Jason Reynolds

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