‘Homegoing’ by Yaa Gyasi
Recommended by DB, a King’s student studying Religion, Politics and Society and a member of the African and Caribbean Society, ‘Homegoing’ by Yaa Gyasi is set during the times of the thriving British colonisation and slave trade. It is a book about two half-sisters that were separated by slavery, and it follows them and their descendants in both Ghana and the US. Described by critics as encapsulating ‘impeccable sorrow and soaring beauty’, ‘Homegoing’ will move and educate you about the impact slavery had on families and homes.
DB describes it as ‘realistic because it sheds light on how slavery affected Africa.’
'Blonde Roots' by Bernardine Evaristo
Recommended by my aunty, ‘Blonde Roots’ by Evaristo is a verse fiction, a type of narrative poetry, about an Englishwoman enslaved under Africa. Evaristo creates a discussion about how people would justify the inhumane behaviour and deny the consequences of slavery for Black people, if African’s had enslaved Europeans.
They describe this novel as an ‘Interesting read. Fiction. Bernadine’s version of the transatlantic slave trade in reverse.’
'Cack-Handed' by Gina Yashere
British comedian, Gina Yashere, shares her story about growing up in working-class East London as a child of Nigerian immigrants. From being the first female engineer within a company’s branch to becoming one of the UK’s well-known comedians, Gina’s memoir contains a collection of funny and heartbreaking stories that have shaped the women she has become today.
Recommended by my lovely Mum, ‘Cack-Handed’ by Yashere is her current read. She describes it as ‘interesting, funny and sadness all in a piece.’