Nadifa Mohamed’s The Fortune Men centres humanity in the midst of tragedy and injustice

The Fortune Men is a historical fiction set in 1950s Cardiff that explores the real and distressing story of Mahmood Mattan, the last innocent man to be hanged in Wales. A Somali seaman with a taste for gambling and petty theft, Mahmood is focused on reconnecting with his Welsh wife and being a father to their children. But after being accused of murder, Mahmood faces a legal system determined to find him guilty.

Bernardine Evaristo cuts her teeth on a fun verse novel

The Emperor's Babe is an irreverent and salacious romp that merges together tradition and contemporaneity in a startlingly unique way. Published almost 20 years before Girl, Woman, Other and four years before the similarly daring Blonde Roots, The Emperor’s Babe offers a distinctively different Evaristo. When not slyly winking at the reader who is equal parts befuddled and delighted, this Evaristo reveals the years of genre and narrative waywardness it took to finally mould her distinctive brand of literary experimentation for popular success.

Parsing Freedom: A Review of Kaitlyn Greenidge’s Libertie

Coming of age as a free-born dark-skinned girl in Reconstruction-era Brooklyn, Libertie Sampson lives in the shadow of her exceptional and exceptionally light-skinned physician mother. But Libertie, who finds freedom in music and motherhood, years for a regular life away from the burden of representation. Libertienovel of ideas that grapples with the meaning of freedom in a violently anti-Black and colorist world.