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Issue #2
The second issue of Books Africana online magazine featuring books by authors including Courttia Newland & Zadie Smith.
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From the Editor: On the importance of celebrating each other

Celebration! In a week that saw the 21st anniversary of Courttia Newland’s The Scholar and the nomination of Daniel Kaluuya for Best Actor at the Oscar’s, we have every reason to be excited about Black British storytelling. Reflecting on these accomplishments this week made me think about the importance of representation, both in the identity of […]

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The Reading List, Week 4, 2018

The second instalment of our weekly rundown of the week's best books by black writers.

As we mentioned last week, every week, we will be reviewing books that you need to add to your TBR list. Here are this week’s recommendations: Wild is the Wind by Carl Phillips In his book, Wild Is the Wind, the author, Carl Phillips portrays love as once restless, reckless, but still desired because of […]

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Introducing... Courttia Newland

The second edition of our regular series of articles introducing the life and work of a great black writer.

“Although I had been writing for many years as a ‘hobby’, I only turned to serious writing when I was 21. I had tried various avenues for making money and none of them had worked. I really wanted to build a music studio, so I decided to write a book and sell it, and then […]

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The Five Minute Book Review: Wild is the Wind by Carl Phillips

Each week we give you a quick intro into the week's most talked about book.

– Both things, I think. But less the hesitation of many hands Touching the stunned dethronement of the master’s body, than Their way of touching it again; again. Each time, more surely. – A poem entitled Courtship from Wild is the Wind by Carl Phillips   So, what’s this one about? Wild is the Wind is a […]

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The Diaspora (Book) Wars: London: NW by Zadie Smith & The Lonely Londoners by Sam Sevlon

First Line of Attack The first lines of the novel “The fat sun stalls by the phone masts. Anti-climb paint turns sulphurous on school gates and lampposts. In Willesden people go barefoot, the streets turn European, there is a mania for eating outside. She keeps to the shade. Redheaded. On the radio: I am the [...]
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