Hari Ziyad’s debut memoir is a perfect blend of the personal and the political

Black Boy Out of Time is an eloquent and enlightening testament to the ways in which Black authors re-craft genre categories that are not truly interested in telling our stories. When Ziyad sat down to write it, that truth became quickly apparent. This memoir is essential because it dares to dream of a future that is not beholden to any of the systems and structures that many of us are afraid to transcend, even imaginatively.

A Black British exposé of Britain’s most prestigious school and the rotten system it heads

As it looks behind the beautifully imposing stone façades of the institution and dares to probe the heart of Britishness, One of Them is at once critical and lyrical. From the Etonian style of behind-your-back racism and the bloody secrets of its prestigious halls, to the unapologetic bigotry of the National Front and dangerous rhetoric of high-profile politicians, Okwonga’s unveils the multiple faces of British racism and traces how they are intricately linked in a system rigged for Eton’s white, upper-class graduates.

The winner of the 2020 Jhalak Prize is a pioneering travelogue about continental Black Europe

With Afropean, Pitts leads the way in spotlighting the flavour and entangled histories of Europe's Black communities through what may be one of the most comprehensive and transnational studies on the subject to date. Any discussion of Afropean should begin with an acknowledgement of how it is a pioneering work, and certainly so within the Anglophone literary tradition. Pitts says it best: “the US exports its blackness; Europe does not.”

Orange Is the New Black star Selenis Levya co-authors a memoir with her trans sister

Many know Selenis Leyva from Orange Is the New Black where she plays inmate Gloria Mendoza. Fewer know that she and her sister, Marizol, co-authored a powerful and informative memoir released a couple of weeks into the Covid-19 lockdown. As it walks us through their coming-of-age and adult lives right up to the present, this joint memoir about self-actualisation explores what is it to navigate the world as an Afro-Latinx trans woman of modest means.