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    The Windrush Generation

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    Perish

    It's a commonly cited fact that many perpetrators of sexual abuse, particularly men, are victims of sexual abuse themselves. LaToya Watkins' haunting debut novel Perish covers three generations of ...

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    Tiny Reparations Books

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    Afterlives

    Afterlives, from Nobel Prize winner Abdulrazak Gurnah, begins in late 19th century East Africa in the early years of German colonial rule. The Germans called the area Deutsch-Ostafrika, declared ...

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    Abdulrazak Gurnah

    Abdulrazak Gurnah, the Tanzanian-born British author of Afterlives, is the 2021 winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature and the first Black writer to win it since Toni Morrison in 1993. He was ...

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    The Kingdoms of Savannah

    From the start of his novel The Kingdoms of Savannah, it's clear that George Dawes Green hails from Georgia. Whether depicting the humble starlight of a wooded homeless camp or the 'soft crush of ...

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    General James Oglethorpe

    In The Kingdoms of Savannah, author George Dawes Green describes General James Oglethorpe as a 'jewel of a man, a rare nonmonster in Savannah history.' Indeed, Oglethorpe was unique in the context...

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    Dark Earth

    Rebecca Stott's novel Dark Earth is a tale of loss, survival and love set in the brutal and compelling world of sixth-century Britain. After the exiled Great Smith dies, his daughters Isla and Blue ...

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    In Dark Earth, sisters Isla and Blue attempt to claim protection from a warlord under the laws of sixth century England, while also hiding the fact that they've broken those laws. This part of British...

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