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12 Years A Slave

After the Oscar wins for Best Picture, Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Supporting Actress for Lupita Nyong’o, it feelsΒ a bit redundant to now add to the buzz surrounding 12 Years A Slave but it is such a powerful story that it would be wrong not to review the memoir from which the film was adapted. … Continue reading

There Was a Country

Chinua Achebe’s memoir, There Was a Country, recalls his personal experience and reflection on the Biafran War of 1967-1970. Beginning with a personal account of his childhood and education in colonial Nigeria, Achebe describes steps leading to Nigeria’s independence in 1960 and the eventual descent to civil war in 1967. When a new nation begins, … Continue reading

What Being Black Is And What Being Black Isn’t

I went to the reading / signing for this book last week, as part of Islington’s Black History month. I’ll be honest and say I knew nothing about t the book or its message for Black Britons. But with a title like that, I was curious, it could either be very good, insightful, inspiring and … Continue reading

Lynch’s Road

At first glance D.D. Armstrong’s debut novelΒ Lynch’s Road,Β appears to be just another novel about crime, drug dealers, addicts, and violence within the black community, novels which at times fill my heart with despair as I begin to wonder ‘do we not have any other stories to tell?’. However, I was suitably surprised as this novel … Continue reading

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My review of the fantastic joyride through UK Grime history that is Hold Tight by @unseenflirtations is now up on the @thebritishblacklist website! Read and share 😊
#holdtight #reviews #recommended #blackbritishliterature #blackbritishauthors #bookstagram #books #grime #music Always a pleasure and a thrill when a author responds to a review you've written about their books! πŸ˜ƒπŸ˜ƒπŸ˜ƒ
#fangirling #courttianewland #thescholar #bookreview #bookstagram #justreadit So someone (or someones) keeps viewing the review post I uploaded about this novel Lynch's Road by D.D. Armstrong. This is awesome but it was 6 YEARS ago that I wrote the post, so why the sudden interest?? I mean 25 views in one day! I'm not complaining, just curious πŸ‘€πŸ‘€. Anyway if you haven't already, read the book. It's pretty good! #bookreview #bookstagram #blackbritishliterature #blackbritishauthors #random #blogs #justreadit #lynchsroad So I had some thoughts, about Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's response to the French journalist Caroline BrouΓ©. First that it was an epic clap back! Second her explanation that she attributes the question to a poor attempt by BrouΓ©, to be ironic, shows how gracious she can be in the face of blatant ignorance. Third, there is an issue surrounding access to books/bookshops which would have been a better conversation. To read more, visit the blog. Link in bio. Or comment below. 
#chimamandangoziadichie #frenchjournalist #reading #bookshops #libraries #racism #ignorance #clapbacks Celebrating 21 years since the release of The Scholar: A West Side Story by Courttia Newland! 21 YEARS!! Boy, brings back some sweet memories! An all time classic πŸ˜ŠπŸ’œ
#classics #bookstagram #books #courttianewland #thescholar #blackbritishauthors #blackbritish #anniversary Looking forward to reading these v soon! Has anyone else read them? What did you think?#newbooks #bookstagram #recommended #bornacrime #trevornoah #welcometolagos #chibunduonuzo #dearijeawele #chimamandangoziadichie So went to the bookstore in Berlin and I was super excited because it's the kind of place you can just chill and read to your heart's content. A bit like Borders (remember that London store before it went bust?). There's also a music department and dvds etc. Literally my idea of heaven!! Defo coming back hereπŸ˜€πŸ’œπŸ’œ
#books #berlin #dussmannkulturkaufhaus #bookstore #bookstagram #chillspot Happy New Year everybody!! May 2018 bring you much joy and blessings. And of course some excellent books to read and share! Whatever you're doing tonight be happy and be safe πŸ™‚
#happynewyear #2018 #blessings #joy #bookstagram Just some of the books read in 2017. Even more on the TBR list, 2018 is set. Got recommendations or review requests, hit me up in the comments πŸ˜ŠπŸ“šπŸ“š
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