It’s a little quiet for books this August …

But here’s a short round-up of some books you might want to get into as we near the end of the summer holidays.

Daughter by Chelsea Mtada

Chelsea Mtada’s debut poetry collection Daughter is a deeply personal examination of the act of sacrifice and how it affects women. While confronting cultural and societal taboos and problems around women, Mtada processes some of her darkest moments and shows how she has chosen a road without shame or defeat.

Daughter is a testament to the strength that exists in identifying women and girls and is a promise of healing on the other side of pain and betrayal.






The Upper World by Femi Fadugba

Esso is running out of time and into trouble. When he discovers he has the ability to see glimpses of the future, he becomes haunted by a vision of a bullet fired in an alleyway with devastating consequences. A generation later, fifteen-year-old Rhia is desperately searching for answers – and a catastrophic moment from the past holds the key to understanding the parents she never got to meet. Whether on the roads of South London or in the mysterious Upper World, Esso and Rhia’s fates must collide. And when they do, a race against the clock will become a race against time itself…

An exciting debut from a new author, this epic thriller is soon to be a major Netflix movie starring Academy Award winner Daniel Kaluuya (Get Out, Black Panther, Judas, and the Black Messiah).

Promising review:
[An] ambitious and highly addictive sci-fi thriller . . . The theory of relativity and time-travel science may drive the incredibly tense and compelling plot, but it is Fadugba’s skill in weaving this around complex characters and a very powerful human story that makes The Upper World so special.‘ – Fiona Noble, The Bookseller


Something I Said by Ben Bailey Smith

From comedian, actor, rapper, and screenwriter Ben Bailey Smith comes a blazingly funny, big-hearted story about family, friendship, and how far one boy will go to get a laugh.

Thirteen-year-old Carmichael Taylor thinks life is one big joke – in a good way. But he can’t understand why no one else seems to find everything as funny as he does. When Car is filmed stumbling into performing a piece of hilarious stand-up at the school talent show – targeting his family, school, and friends – the footage ends up creating international infamy. But with the promise of fame and fortune comes trouble, and it’s up to Car to decide what or who he’s willing to risk to chase his comedy dream. A heart-warming, unashamedly honest, and hilarious look at family, friendship, and what really matters.

Promising reviews:
Carmichael is a brilliantly relatable lead on a very funny and often poignant journey of self-discovery.’ – The Bookseller
A hilarious and original story. Carmichael Taylor is the stuff of legends – he’s my new favourite character.’ – Katya Balen


Endgame by Malorie Blackman

It is 20 years in 2021 since Malorie Blackman’s groundbreaking series began with Noughts & Crosses, which charted the deeply forbidden romance between Sephy (a Cross) and Callum (a nought) – a love affair that had repercussions for their families for generations.

Endgame is the breathtaking conclusion to the series, influenced by the unprecedented global events of recent years. Full of twists and turns and emotions, with its incredible characters reaching a dramatic conclusion to their stories.


All the books mentioned in this list are available from Hive and other online retailers and bookstores.