Calling all book lovers. We’ve put together an eclectic mix of new book releases that we think should be on your radar.
If you are looking to top up your autumn reading list, then we recommend the following books to inspire, reminisce and make you think.
The Origin of Others by Toni Morrison
Literary legend, Toni Morrison has delivered a book that deals with one of the most divisive issues: race. The nonfiction book tackles big questions: What is race? What motivates us to construct otherness? A beautiful and compelling read, as we would expect from Ms Morrison, The Origin of Others is set to become a classic.
For the Love of a Mother by Annie Yellowe Palma
Annie Yellowe Palma provides a personal and vivid perspective from a black woman who grew up in the height of troubles in Northern Ireland province of Ulster. Exposed to racism, sectarianism, civil war, and poverty during the 1960s, Annie takes readers through a candid journey as she displays the troubles her family went through as the only black family in the neighbourhood, living among, what she refers to as the ‘Irish Mafia’.
Orphan Sisters by Lola Jaye
The latest book from author and psychotherapist Lola Jaye, deals with the story of two sisters, Lana and May, whose Nigerian parents have emigrated to England in search of a better life for their family. Set in 1950s London, it deals with the flagrant racism that was common of the times, abandonment and a mother’s fight to keep her family together.
A Sick Life by Tionne ‘T-Boz’ Watkins
Famous for being one third of popular R&B girl band, TLC, Tionne ‘T-Boz’ Watkins has penned an autobiographical account of her life and career, in particular her experiences with sickle-cell disease. After being diagnosed as a young girl, the disease caused her to be in and out of hospital throughout her childhood.
FIRSTS: Women Who Are Changing The World by Time
Time magazine has compiled a ground-breaking coffee table collection of nearly 50 women icons across a range of disciplines: business, politics, science, sports, entertainment and more.
The book dives into the lives of influential women such as Ava DuVernay, Serena Williams, Oprah Winfrey, Madeleine Albright and Aretha Franklin. Each first-person piece or quote is accompanied by a portrait by photographer Luisa Dörr.