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.

Dead Dead Girls: A dark serial killer thriller set in 1920s Harlem

Dead Dead Girls is a gripping mystery set in 1920s Harlem that looks into the murder of young Black women. And the investigator to these murders? A young heroine known as the “Harlem Hero” who just wants to dance her nights away and sip on gin. Despite the glitz, glamour and Gatsby-like parties that we know the 1920s for, Dead Dead Girls presents a darker side of the Roaring Twenties era.

Abi Daré’s debut charts a new path for Nigerian literature

Abi Daré’s was one of the many middle-class Lagosian families who hired house girls for various domestic chores, and she noticed growing up how poorly treated these girls were. The Girl with the Louding Voice gives voice to the silenced and is a timeless story about a strong girl chasing her dreams. While Abi Daré takes on a voice that is not hers, she does so in order to unveil one that has hereto been shunned in the canon of African literature.

The coming-of-age story of a Nigerian trans woman that will change you

The Death of Vivek Oji is primarily interested in all the ways that love manifests itself and how limited understandings of sexuality constrain a more expansive understanding of everything love can be. Akwaeke Emezi highlights the fallibility of social perception and the limits of what we think we know. As Sarah Neilson writes in her review for Lambda Literary, "the inheritance of reductive and harmful colonial structures of gender is a great arcing tragedy of the story."