Ugly Dogs Don't Cry
A modern retelling of Steinbeck's classic Of Mice and Men, Ugly Dogs Don't Cry is a poignant look at intimacy, friendship and masculinity.
Friendship | Bildungsroman | Classic tale reimagined
Looking for Bono
A sparkling satire on international aid and celebrity, Looking for Bono charts one man's accidental quest to bring water to his community.
As we follow Baba and his dreams of finding Bono we're treated to a laugh a minute as well as a touching story of hope and progress. - Audible Editor
Comedy | Accidental Hero | Satire
The Street Hawker's Apprentice
A tale of two young boys from different social backgrounds who form a lifelong bond of friendship. Together they face the dangers and joys of life in contemporary Lagos.
A heartwarming and life-affirming story of friendship and brotherhood against all odds. - Audible Editor
Dickensian | Friendship | Coming-of-age
A Circle of Five
The individual stories of five Jamaican women from the Windrush generation. Spanning 80 years, the stories begin in early 1930s rural Jamaica through their migration to, and subsequent life in, England.
Touching and fascinating, these stories bring to life the experiences of the Windrush generation. - Audible Editor
Memoir | Windrush generation | Modern British history
In Her Voice: The 2020 Poetry Anthology
Through five poetry collections Black women explore life, navigating its nuances and challenges with distinct poetic voices. With an exclusive introduction from poet and writer Theresa Lola.
A vibrant collection of modern poetry covering all aspects of life, accompanied with excellent performances by the poets. - Audible Editor
Black female voices | Poetry | Contemporary literature
Honey Fontaine is a young woman trying to evade her mother's husband hunting by enlisting a pretend boyfriend, handsome business man Ashley Elliott. Neither is prepared for the intensity of feelings that develop.
A fun and sparkly take on the classic mum-as-cupid story. - Audible Editor
Familial ties | Fake-relationship-turned-real-love | Romance saga
Are We Home Yet?
As a girl, Katy accidentally discovers her mother is earning money as a sex worker at the family home, rupturing their bond. As an adult, Katy contends with grief and mental health challenges before she and her mother attempt to heal their relationship. From Canada, to Leeds and Jamaica, and exploring shame, immigration and class, the pair shares their stories but struggle to understand each other’s choices in a fast-changing world.
Funny and heartbreaking in equal measure, a universally touching mother/daughter love story. - Audible Editor
Mother & Daughter | Personal History | Poignant
Performed by Weruche Opia (I May Destroy You, Top Boy) this is a searing debut novel by Stella Oni. Deadly Sacrifice is a gripping journey into the gritty underbelly of human trafficking, religious cults and London’s most deprived communities in the first story featuring DC Toks Ade and DS Philip Dean. When a child’s severed hand is discovered, so begins a race against time to find a missing girl they had presumed dead.
Raw, gritty and totally addictive, this listen will have you hooked from the opening lines! - Audible Editor
Modern detective | Gritty | Whodunnit
If I Don't Have You
Afro-Brazilian filmmaker Ren is recovering from a romantic betrayal. Kayla is a Black British artist and journalist keen to make her mark. Thrown together during a string of interviews in New York for Ren's latest film, they’re struck by an irresistible attraction. The two surrender to one night of searing honesty and passion, which leaves them with more questions than answers about the future. With secrets lurking between them, letting their romance continue could upend the separate lives Ren and Kayla have so carefully built. But can they really risk losing their miraculous connection?
Palpably passionate, this tale of modern star-crossed lovers is evocative and addictive from line one. - Audible Editor
Romance | Steamy | Star-crossed lovers
Against a backdrop of enigmatic nights scattered with spoken-word poetry in London, Venice, Accra and Paris, Ekuah tries to reconcile her personal journey with the love she struggles with for Dee Emeka, a gifted musician who is both passionate and aloof in his treatment of Ekuah. When he leaves her, Ekuah must forge her own path. With an increasingly successful career, she finds herself travelling around the world. When her rise intersects with Dee's own fame, the two are pushed to reach a final resolution.
Loved it. It was captivating and the characters had multiple layers. I can't wait for the sequel! - Samantha Wharton
Coming-of-age | Character-driven | Relationships
Lush and frothy, incisive and witty, Shola von Reinhold’s decadent queer literary debut immerses readers in the pursuit of aesthetics and beauty, while interrogating the removal and obscurement of Black figures from history.
From champagne theft and Black Modernisms, to art sabotage, alchemy and lotus-eating proto-luxury communist cults, Mathilda’s journey through modes of aesthetic expression guides her to truth and the convoluted ways it is made and obscured.
A delicious dance between the world of history, art and nature of beauty. Perfect for fans of Alan Hollinghurst! - Audible Editor
LGBTQ+ | Funny | Literary Fiction
The Space Between Black and White
Raised in 1950s South London and Norfolk with a white, working-class family, Esua’s education in racial politics was immediate and personal. Plagued by questions of her heritage and the inability to locate all pieces of herself, she embarks on a journey to Ghana to find the father who may have the answers.
A tale of love, comradeship and identity crises, Esua’s rise to the first Black woman president of Leicester University Students’ Union and Queen Mother of her village, is inspiring, honest and full of heart.
Fantastic narrative, enjoyable read. I couldn't stop listening, totally gripped. Memorable moments, meeting her father. Brilliant! - Paul Sanyaolu.
Memoir | Travel Writing | Political activism
Under Solomon Skies
Under Solomon Skies is an adventure story set in the Solomon Islands. Jack and Toni, childhood schoolmates, set out on a routine boat trip to a neighbouring island, but things go awry when they discover they do not have enough fuel to make the journey and are stranded at sea. At first they are optimistic that they will be rescued within hours, but as the first days draw to an end they slowly begin to realise that the mistake has left them in serious jeopardy and they can see no end but their own demise in sight
Gorgeously imagined adventure story set against the beautiful landscape of the (now endangered) Solomon Islands. Just how I imagine Mark Twain would write Eco-Fiction. - Audible Editor
Friendship | Eco-literature | Adventure
Through the Leopard's Gaze
Through the Leopard's Gaze is an amazing memoir chronicling the award-winning comedian's difficult but inspiring life growing up in Kenya. Her book illuminates family abuse, racism, identity and emotional triumph through the lenses of the author's personal history and the history of Kenya.
I couldn’t stop listening to this! Written so beautifully, Njambi tells the story of her life with unexpected twists and turns - had to re-listen to parts to comprehend them. Such shocking reading in places too. It’s the first book I’ve read that gives the perspective of colonialism from the African side but it’s beautifully mingled with the innocence of a little girl growing up in Kenya... - Mrs SL
Personal history | Comedy | Triumph over adversity