Books to Read for Black History Month

Black history month uk is held in October and we have pulled together some of our top reading picks to celebrate the month. Black history month honours black people from all periods of history. This October black history month gives everyone the opportunity to share stories, understand and educate themselves further on the impact and importance of black heritage and culture. We have chosen some reads to celebrate black authors and some top rated books for you. 

Love in Colour: Mythical Tales From Around the World

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To celebrate black history month uk we have chosen Bolu Babalola’s book Love in Colour. Babalola finds magical love stories from a mixture of myth and history, and rewrites them with detail and energy. This book is a refreshing and enthusiastic read compared to the conventional love stories. Grab your coffee, lounge set and get stuck into this great read.

Noughts & Crosses.

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For black history month we have chosen Malorie Blackman’s Noughts and Crosses book about a Romeo and Juliet novel surrounding race relations. The two lovers are fated to be together but love is out of the question. This is a unique and emotional read which is why we have chosen it for our favourite authors. 

Girl, Woman, Other

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This fabulous read by Bernadine Evaristo is in our top fictional books, as it tracks the lives and romantic interests of British women's lives through social classes, and follows the struggle of twelve different characters. It's a perfect choice for black history month to celebrate the talent of Evaristo. 

The First Woman

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This Intriguing read by Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi is a novel about survival and rebellion. This story follows a young woman who discovers what it takes to become a woman with the absence of her own mother in the middle of a bloody dictatorship. This book shows how powerful and resilient women can be, a 10/10 recommendation from us for black history month.

My Sister, the Serial Killer

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This read by Oyinkan Braithwaite is a stunning story about sibling relationships and the oppressive society. Korede finds herself cleaning up after her sister goes too far in ‘self-defense’ with her third boyfriend, things get messy when her sister starts dating someone Korede’s been long in love with. This is the perfect thriller for your October black history month pick.

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