What a year it has been for BYP Bookclub - we've celebrated some brilliant books this year. We've had a guide to perfect public speaking from Shola Kaye in How To Be a Diva, advice on navigating the workplace from Roianne Nedd with The Trusted Black Girl, the fantastic debut from Candice Carty-Williams Queenie, Michael Fuller's moving memoir Kill The Black One First, Glory Edim's Well-Read Black Girl, #MerkyBooks' brilliant Taking Up Space, Dean Atta's Black Flamingo , Funmi Fetto's Palette and Johny Pitt's Afropean.
During Black History Month, we shone a spotlight on a range of great books from Headline Publishing's Black Girl Magic and Virago's Brilliant Black Voices to Brittney Morris' Slay and Andy Ayim's Breaking Into New Careers in Tech.
This month, we're showcasing our favourites from this year. These are our ten favourite non-fiction, fiction and cookery reads from 2019 that we didn't manage to make our books of the month, but which we think our the best from the last twelve months. These should be at the top of your reading list!
Black, Listed | Jeffrey Boakye
Woke. Fam. BAME. Urban. Afro-Caribbean. Ethnic Minority. BLACK.
Heard any of these phrases before? If so, Black, Listed is a book you should be picking up. An exploration of 21st-century black identity through insults, insights and everything in-between, this book takes a look at the various ways both black communities and individuals have been represented, oppressed, marginalised, imitated, celebrated and othered over the course of history. Described as 'part autobiographical musing, part pop culture vivisection', this is an innovative, enlightening but most of all, hilarious look at language, identity and power.
How To Be an Antiracist | Ibram X. Kendi