Essays

The Story of Bernardine Evaristo's Girl, Woman, Other

After 40 years of writing, Bernardine Evaristo’s 8th novel – Girl, Woman, Other – proved to be her golden ticket to renown and success.

All I want for Christmas is the death of lazy, "diversity" language

The industry’s current approach to diversity is – by its very nature – rooted in generality and therefore cultural ignorance.

The publishing industry cannot continue to hide its anti-Blackness behind #BlackBestSeller

Readers should be asking how these Black-authored titles would be different if they were also Black-edited, Black-designed, and Black-publicised. 

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Open Water by Caleh Azumah Nelson

Don’t let generic phrases like romance and black love fool you: this is a novel about photography, mental health, pain, joy, music, vulnerability, and ultimately salvation.

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Black Boy Boy Out of Time is an eloquent and enlightening testament to the ways in which Black authors have always re-crafted genre categories that are not truly interested in our stories.

Deadly Sacrifice brings us the first Black female police detective in UK fiction

A unique thriller that dives deep into the world of human trafficking and African ritual sacrifices, Deadly Sacrifice is based on a true 2001 news story. 

Chibundu Onuzo's third novel, Sankofa, comes at the right time

Following The Spider King’s Daughter and Welcome to Lagos, Sankofa tells the story of a mixed-race British woman’s search for her long-lost West African father.