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7 Books By Black British & Irish Women You Should Be Reading This Black History Month & Beyond

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7 Books By Black British & Irish Women You Should Be Reading This Black History Month & Beyond


It’s Black history month, which means a time to celebrate, commemorate and learn more about black histories and cultures in the UK and beyond. And what better way to kick things off than with wonderful books by black British women published in 2019. These dynamic books will sit in the cannon of black British and Irish literature — adding to a legacy that should be celebrated far beyond Black History Month.

Sadly, the publishing industry still has a long way to go when it comes to diversity, who gets their foot in the door, and who gets their work published. According to the Guardian, a recent survey of 6,432 people working for 42 organisations showed that only 11.6% were BAME, which is lower than the national average population. This means it’s even more important to shout about the work by black women. And with debut books like Queenie by Londoner Candice Carty-Williams and sequels from literary royalty like Malorie Blackman receiving widespread praise this year, it’s refreshing to see the work of black women getting more recognition.

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From magical realism and life-hack journals to nail-biting thrillers and humorous murder mysteries – here is a list of new work by amazing black women, permeating the publishing world that you should be reading right now:

This fantasy fiction follows twins separated at birth unknowing that they have the last remnants of the old gods in them. Naala grows up in a small village whilst her …

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I am a future butterfly at the stage of growth when I am turning into an adult. I am enclosed in a hard case shell formed by love, family, and friends. It is the hardest stage of becoming a black butterfly. You will encounter many hardships only to come out stronger and better than what you went in. At this stage, you are finding out who you truly are and how to love yourself.

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The image of the butterfly has come to define the many expressions of the feminine black consciousness and for a good reason. The butterfly is the perfect articulation of the exquisite beauty of nature. Whether tiny or large, brightly colored or more subdued, the butterfly’s allure is undeniable. Each one displays its own unique patterns and hues, and no one species outshines any other.

Similarly, there is no one ideal image of a black woman -- each is gorgeous in her right. All African-Americans share a glorious history of struggle and perseverance that has funneled into the modern black renaissance. And, like the graceful butterfly, the awakened black woman exemplifies the dazzling beauty of that cultural evolution.

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