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Scotland Yardie – Bobby Joseph

Scotland Yardie is the eponymous hero of this graphic novel created by Bobby Joseph, (creator of the 90s Black British comic Skank Magazine). Brought in from the Jamaican police force as part of a new (and not in the least cynical) drive to attract ethnic minorities to the Met, Yardie abides by his own set of … Continue reading

Minaret

Initially I had mixed feelings about Minaret by Leila Aboulela but on the whole I did like it.  It’s a fascinating glimpse of Sudanese culture, politics and Islam. These elements of the novel I thought were well written in way that wasn’t attempting to ‘teach’ the reader or explain or justify. Therefore, any aspects I didn’t … Continue reading

The Good Immigrant

As I was reading this collection of essays exploring what it meant to be Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic in the UK today, I couldn’t help but sigh that this conversation about identity was still being had. I was immediately transported back to when I was studying for my English Lit degree, and having lengthy … Continue reading

I’m Judging You: The Do-Better Manual

I’m Judging You. Such a provocative title as no one likes to be judged or even to be considered judgemental. So to have author Luvvie Ajayi aka Awesomely Luvvie boldly proclaiming her judgement on life’s peculiarities in her debut book, naturally I had to read this very insightful collection of essays especially as it had the … Continue reading

The House of the Spirits

I’ve had Isabel Allende’s debut novel sitting on my shelf for about five years or so. I’d started to read it and then stopped a few pages in for reasons I can’t remember. When I started reading it again, I half suspected I was going to give up on it again, but I persevered and soon … Continue reading

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