‘The Underground Railroad’ by Colson Whitehead

I am fresh from finishing this book, having devoured it in two days. Perhaps I should have waited a little, to let the story settle, before writing this review, but I am in too in awe of this novel to not get my thoughts down. You have probably read about¬†The Underground Railroad if you have… Continue reading ‘The Underground Railroad’ by Colson Whitehead

‘The King’s General’ by Daphne Du Maurier

I never thought that I would enjoy a book about English warfare in the 1600s so much. That is the joy of Daphne du Maurier: she has a way of making subjects that are at risk of being dry or mundane into wonderfully woven stories, full of sarky wit and social commentary. With¬†Rebecca as one… Continue reading ‘The King’s General’ by Daphne Du Maurier

‘The Book of Harlan’ by Bernice L. McFadden

  Before you read this book, I feel that it’s important to remember that it is partially true. I heard Bernice L. McFadden talk on the Harlem Renaissance at the Cheltenham Literature Festival last year, alongside Garnette Cadagon, where she explained (amongst many other interesting things) that she wove this book out of stories from… Continue reading ‘The Book of Harlan’ by Bernice L. McFadden

Books on Race: ‘Quicksand’ by Nella Larsen

I could not write a series about books on race without writing about a book from that explosion of African American literature, art, music and so much more: the Harlem Renaissance. I took a module at university that studied African American literature from the Harlem Renaissance up to the present day and although all of… Continue reading Books on Race: ‘Quicksand’ by Nella Larsen

Books on Race: ‘How I Shed My Skin’ by Jim Grimsley

If you know me in real life and know me well enough to know my reading habits, you will have noticed that I read a lot of books on race and racism, specifically in America. I cannot pinpoint exactly when this interest started, but I do remember my Grandma giving me a book on the… Continue reading Books on Race: ‘How I Shed My Skin’ by Jim Grimsley