Posts Tagged ‘Slavery’

The Book of Negroes – Lawrence Hill

 Winner of the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize 2008  Note: This book is called Someone Knows My Name in the US  The Book is Negroes is an epic story following the life of one woman, Aminata Diallo, as she is captured from her West African village and sold as a child slave. We see her grow into […]

The Long Song – Andrea Levy

 Long listed for Orange Prize 2010  The Long Song is set on Jamaica and follows July, a young slave girl, during the last few years of slavery and after she is granted freedom.  The book is very different in style to Andrea Levy’s last book, Orange Prize winning Small Island, but I think they are both good in […]

The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, Traitor to the Nation: v. 1 – M.T. Anderson

Winner of the National Book Award 2006 I picked this book up after seeing C.B. James mention it as one of his favourite reads of 2008. The book is set in Boston during the 18th Century and centres on Octavian, a young boy who lives in a strange house with his mother and an array of unrelated […]

Equator – Miguel Sousa Tavares

Translated from the Portuguese by Peter Bush I received a lovely email from Raquel, a Portuguese reader of my blog, enquiring as the whether I’d read any Portuguese fiction. Saramago and Bolano have both impressed me, but I haven’t read any other Portuguese books. Raquel said that Equator left her ‘breathless’ and so I was very excited […]