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International Woman’s Month: 10 Books to Read by Women Writer’s you should know: Those People Next Door, Breaking the Maafa Chain, Girls Rule, Rose and the Burma Sky, Keisha The Sket and more

International Woman’s Month: 10 Books to Read by Women Writer’s you should know: Those People Next Door, Breaking the Maafa Chain, Girls Rule, Rose and the Burma Sky, Keisha The Sket and more

Those People Next Door by Kia Abdullah

Best-selling author and travel writer, Kia Abdullah, brings a captivating thriller about nightmare neighbours in Those People Next Door.

The plot surrounds Salma Khatun, a hopeful mother who moves to a suburban area with her husband and son.

Desperate for a fresh start in life, Salma wants to fit into the community but things get weird when she spots her neighbour, Tom, ripping up her son’s anti-racist banner.

In Every Mirror She’s Black Paperback – 9 Jun. 2022 by Lola Akinmade Akerstrom

by Lola Akinmade Akerstrom (Author)
Three very different women are desperate for their lives to change. Though strangers, they are drawn to the same place: Stockholm, a city famed for its egalitarianism. But beneath the city’s glittering surface lurk challenges old and new. Challenges that threaten to tear them down once and for all…

Girls Rule

Superstar TV presenter and bestselling author Alesha Dixon is back with a hilarious story of sisterhood and strong girls!
Pearl moves into 10 Downing Street when her mum Patrice becomes the UK’s first Black female Prime Minister. A chance meeting with Patrice’s childhood sweetheart Jackson and suddenly Pearl’s glam new life has an unexpected gatecrasher: Jackson’s daughter Izzy.

Pearl and Izzy loathe each other on sight and have only one thing in common: a desire to split their parents up. They play loud music which interrupts important meetings, swap confidential documents for silly notes and skateboard through Number Ten knocking over the President of the United States.

But as Patrice’s popularity in the polls begins to decline as a result of the girls’ out-of-control sabotaging, will they realise that they are stronger as team?

Rose and the Burma Sky

In ROSE AND THE BURMA SKY, Rosanna Amaka weaves together the realities of war, the pain of first love and how following your heart might not always be the best course of action. Its gritty boy’s-eye view brings a spare and impassioned intensity, charging it with universal resonance and power.
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‘Powerful, lyrical, and with a central character so wracked with love, he goes to war, deeply relatable’

The Other Black Girl: ‘Get Out meets The Devil Wears Prada’ Cosmopolitan 

Twenty-six-year-old editorial assistant Nella Rogers is tired of being the only Black employee at Wagner Books. Fed up with the isolation and the micro-aggressions, she’s thrilled when Hazel starts working in the cubicle beside hers. They’ve only just started comparing natural hair care regimens, though, when a string of uncomfortable events cause Nella to become Public Enemy Number One and Hazel, the Office Darling.

Then the notes begin to appear on Nella’s desk: LEAVE WAGNER. NOW.

It’s hard to believe Hazel is behind these hostile messages. But as Nella starts to spiral and obsess over the sinister forces at play, she soon realises that there is a lot more at stake than her career.

Dark, funny and furiously entertaining, The Other Black Girl will keep you on the edge of your seat until the very last twist.

Keisha The Sket

Keisha is a girl from the ends, sharp, feisty and ambitious; she’s been labelled ‘top sket’ but she’s making it work. When childhood crush and long-time admirer, Ricardo, finally wins her over, Keisha has it all: power, a love life and the chance for stability. But trauma comes knocking and with it a whirlwind of choices that will define what kind of a woman she truly wants to be.

Told with the heart and soul of the inner city, with an unforgettable heroine, Keisha the Sket is a revelation of the true, raw, arousing and tender core of British youth culture.

Complete with essays from esteemed contemporary writers Candice Carty-Williams, Caleb Femi and Aniefiok Ekpoudom.

The Right Sort of Girl: The Sunday Times Bestseller

Anita Rani was a girl who didn’t fit in anywhere. She was always destined to stand out: from playing Mary in her otherwise all-white nursery nativity to growing up in eighties Yorkshire with her Punjabi family. After spending her childhood in her parents’ factory and teenage years figuring out how best to get rid of hair that seemed to be growing EVERYWHERE, Anita writes for anyone who has ever felt different or alone.

Sharing the lessons she wishes her younger self could have known: ‘Freedom is Complicated’, ‘Your Anger is Legitimate’, and updated with a new chapter, Anita shows how she became the powerhouse she is whilst battling against being too white inside her home and too brown outside of it.

‘A must-read’ Viv Groskop
‘A joy from start to finish’ Emma Kennedy
‘Extraordinary’ Daily Mai

See Also

Breaking the Maafa Chain

Breaking the Maafa Chain chronicles two sisters’ struggle for true freedom in the mid-nineteenth century, when transporting slaves from Africa to America was an illegal but lucrative business

Nineteenth century-Two sisters, Fatmata and Salimatu, are captured and sold separately into slavery. Forced to change their names to Faith and Sarah, they end up in two different countries with opposite slavery laws. Faith ends up in America, where slavery is still legal and slaves don’t have any rights. Sarah ends up in a Victorian England and as the goddaughter of Queen Victoria. Can the two sisters reclaim their freedom and identity in a world that is trying to break them down and mold them to its coloniser’s will?

Based on the true story of Sarah Forbes Bonetta, Breaking the Maafa Chain will takes the readers on a journey of loss, survival, hope, identity and tradition

People Person: From the bestselling author of Book of the Year Queenie comes a story of heart and humou

Dimple Pennington knew of her half siblings, but she didn’t really know them. Five people who don’t have anything in common except for faint memories of being driven through Brixton in their dad’s gold jeep, and some pretty complex abandonment issues.

Dimple has bigger things to think about. She’s thirty, and her life isn’t really going anywhere. An aspiring lifestyle influencer with a terrible and wayward boyfriend, Dimple’s life has shrunk to the size of a phone screen. And despite a small but loyal following, she’s never felt more alone.

That is, until a catastrophic event brings her half siblings Nikisha, Danny, Lizzie and Prynce crashing back into her life. And when they’re all forced to reconnect with Cyril Pennington, the absent father they never really knew, things get even more complicated.

Kind Obi

Kind Obi is a sweet & encouraging story about a boy with a unique gift of caring for others. It’s a book that serves as a guide to show children how to be kinder, accept diversity and be inclusive of other peoples’ cultures.

With vibrant illustrations, this book is packed full of relatable and practical examples of showing love and caring for others.

An excellent resource for parents, caregivers and teachers to talk about the importance of kindness as a necessary part of daily life.