We have both of historian David Olusoga’s Black and British in stock: A Forgotten History, for adults, and A short essential history, published on 1 October, and suitable for children aged 12 upwards. To order your copies of any of the books featured in Black History Month events, email email@example.com or visit us.
Meet Adunni, a teenage girl born into a rural Nigerian village. Aged 14, she is a commodity, a wife, a servant. She is also smart, funny, curious, with a spirit and joy infectious to those around her. And despite her situation going from bad to worse, she has a plan to escape: she will find her ‘louding voice’ and get her education, so that she can speak up for herself – and for all the girls who came before her. Abi Daré discusses the inspiration for her debut novel The Girl with the Louding Voice followed by a Q&A.
Newham author and researcher Joy White discusses how austerity, gentrification and structural racism have wreaked havoc on inner-city communities and analyses how these issues affect today’s black youth. Her book focuses on Forest Gate and Newham.
Joy White also presents a screening of From Jimi Hendrix to J Hus: A Musical Story of Newham, a thought-provoking documentary with Newham residents talking about the musical genres that have formed the sonic backdrop to their lives.
Norman Jay MBE discusses his book Mister Good Times with author Sharmaine Lovegrove. It is a vivid and engaging portrait of the man behind the music that has inspired a whole generation of dance music fans worldwide. One of most respected and popular DJs in the world today, Norman is co-founder of the legendary Good Times Sound System and London dance music station Kiss FM.
In the stirring, highly anticipated first volume of his presidential memoirs, Barack Obama tells the story of his improbable odyssey from young man searching for his identity to leader of the free world, describing in strikingly personal detail both his political education and the landmark moments of the first term of his historic presidency – a time of dramatic transformation and turmoil.
Interested in learning more about Newham Bookshop and some of the people connected with it? We have four lessons for classroom or family use developed from On the Record’s oral history project centered around Newham Bookshop, Writing and Reading Newham. Click here for full details.