TBB’s Recommended Book List


This month’s recommendations are:

Sulwe –  by Lupita Nyong’o 

Lupita Nyong’o’s long-awaited debut children’s book is finally here. Sulwe is a whimsical, heartwarming story about a little girl who learns how to see her own unique beauty.

With skin the colour of midnight, Sulwe is darker than everyone in her family and all she wants is to be beautiful and bright like her mother and sisters. However, a magical journey opens her eyes and changes everything. Sulwe is a powerful and moving picture book about colourism, self-esteem, and learning that true beauty comes from within. 

Sulwe is available to buy from all good book shops and online book retailers, now.

Becoming: A Guided Journal for Discovering Your Voice – by Michelle Obama 

If you read Becoming by Michelle Obama and loved it, then you’ll also love this guided journal by the former First Lady to help you discover and rediscover your own story.

Featuring 150 inspiring questions and quotes, this journal will provide you with the encouragement to find value in your own personal journey of becoming. It also includes thought-provoking prompts designed to help you reflect on your personal and family history, your goals, challenges, and dreams.

Becoming: A Guided Journal for Discovering Your Voice will be available to buy in hardback from November 19th 2019. The book is available for pre-order from all usual booksellers.

Nudibranch –  by Irenosen Okojie

Anyone who’s read Irenosen Okojie’s work will know what an innovative, surreal and bold writer she is. Like her first collection of short stories, Speak Gigantular, her second collection, Nudibranch, once again features offbeat characters are caught up in extraordinary situations that test the boundaries of reality. 

Stories include a love-hungry goddess of the sea arriving on an island inhabited by eunuchs; a girl from Martinique who moonlights as a Grace Jones impersonator; and a homeless man goes right back to the very beginning, through a gap in time.

Nudibranch will be available from 7th November 2019

The Private Joys of Nnenna Maloney – by Okechukwu Nzelu

As Nnenna Maloney approaches womanhood she longs to connect with her Igbo-Nigerian culture in a bid to discover her whole self. She begins by asking probing questions about her father, putting a strain on her once close relationship with her mother, Joanie, as a result. Meanwhile, Joanie has her own issues around love and relationships to grapple with. 

This highly acclaimed debut novel by Okechukwu Nzelu’s is a funny, heartwarming story covering race, gender, class, family, and redemption. 

The Private Joys of Nnenna Maloney is available from book retailers.

The Confessions of Frannie Langton – by Sara Collins
Sara Collins’ debut novel about a maid called Frannie Langton, who is on trial at the Old Bailey for the murder of her employers, has been described as an unforgettable and enthralling page-turner. A story of slavery and freedom, the novel moves from the plantations of Jamaica to the fetid back alleys of London. Standing accused of several transgressions in addition to murder, Frannie has the opportunity to tell her truth for the first time, but will she be believed and could she have killed the only person she ever loved.

The Confessions of Frannie Langton is available to buy from all booksellers.


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