Given the current protests and conversations around police brutality, the systemic racism and the Black Lives Matter movement that are taking place across the world right now, I have put together a list of books by black authors, highlighting the voices of black individuals. Some of these I have read and some I have been recommended and wish to read. At the bottom of this post I have also included some relevant links for how you can support black individuals within publishing.
Queenie (My Review)
- Author: Candice Carty-Williams
- Publisher: Orion Publishing
- Synopsis: Queenie Jenkins is a young Jamaican British woman living in London and trying to cope after a messy break up with her long-term white boyfriend.
Girl, Woman, Other (My Review)
- Author: Bernardine Evaristo
- Publisher: Vintage
- Synopsis: Follows the lives of twelve different characters, most of whom are women, most of whom are people of colour.
An American Marriage (My Review)
- Author: Tayari Jones
- Publisher: Algonquin Books
- Synopsis: The novel follows the lives of newly-wed couple, Celestial and Roy, after Roy gets convicted for a crime Celestial knows he did not commit.
My Sister, the Serial Killer (My Review)
- Author: Oyinkan Braithwait
- Publisher: Doubleday
- Synopsis: Korede is forced to confront her personal morals and examine where her loyalties lie when her sister, Ayoola, who has killed her last three boyfriends, begins to show an interest in her friend and colleague, Tade.
The Colour Purple
- Author: Alice Walker
- Publisher: Penguin Books
- Synopsis: The novel follows the life of a young African American woman in early twentieth century Georgia
To Be Read:
The Hate U Give
- Author: Angie Thomas
- Publisher: Balzer and Bray
- Synopsis: Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter is forced to deal with the consequences of race and class when she witnesses the fatal shooting of her unarmed childhood best friend by a police officer.
Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People about Race
- Author: Reni Eddo Lodge
- Publisher: Bloomsbury Circus
- Synopsis: Eddo-Lodge explores issues around race in Great Britain from eradicated black history to the political purpose of white dominance, whitewashed feminism to the inextricable link between class and race.
- Author: Chimamanda Nygozi Adiche
- Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf
- Synopsis: Americanah tells the story of a young Nigerian woman, Ifemelu, who immigrates to the United States to attend university.
Helpful Links and Resources
UK Black Writers’ Forum list of Black bookshops, publishers & outlets:
Crisis Funding for Inclusive Publishers Crowdfunder: