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  • Brit(ish)

  • On Race, Identity and Belonging
  • By: Afua Hirsch
  • Narrated by: Afua Hirsch
  • Length: 11 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 216
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 201
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 199

Afua Hirsch is British. Her parents are British. She was raised, educated and socialised in Britain. Her partner, her daughter, her sister and the vast majority of her friends are British. So why is her identity and sense of belonging a subject of debate? The reason is simply because of the colour of her skin. Blending history, memoir and individual experiences, Afua Hirsch reveals the identity crisis at the heart of Britain today. Far from affecting only minority people, Britain is a nation in denial about its past and its present.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • So much insight

  • By Melem on 06-04-18

Unexpected excellent breakdown of UK culture

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-06-18

loved it, afua does a great job of opening the readers eyes to the struggles of those both black and brown but also those who grow up outside of traditional working class environments. Essential reading

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Natives

  • Race and Class in the Ruins of Empire
  • By: Akala
  • Narrated by: Akala
  • Length: 10 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 830
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 765
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 754

From the first time he was stopped and searched as a child, to the day he realised his mum was white, to his first encounters with racist teachers - race and class have shaped Akala's life and outlook. In this unique book he takes his own experiences and widens them out to look at the social, historical and political factors that have left us where we are today. Covering everything from the police, education and identity to politics, sexual objectification and the far right, Natives speaks directly to British denial and squeamishness when it comes to confronting issues of race and class that are at the heart of the legacy of Britain's racialised empire.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Very Interesting and Challenging Listen

  • By Ross Clark on 10-07-18

ESSENTIAL READING

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-06-18

this book is the amongst the best books on british race class culture ever written. akalas story opens your mind to a whole new level of understanding and quite frankly sticks a number of regular ideas up for further examination to the point where you may well begin questioning your cultural norms yourself
outstanding work and if British people wish to rid racism from society, put this book in the national curriculum and let's effect change

  • Black and British

  • A Forgotten History
  • By: David Olusoga
  • Narrated by: Kobna Holdbrook-Smith
  • Length: 24 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 188
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 168
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 166

David Olusoga's Black and British is a rich and revealing exploration of the extraordinarily long relationship between the British Isles and the people of Africa. Drawing on new genetic and genealogical research, original records, expert testimony and contemporary interviews, Black and British reaches back to Roman Britain, the medieval imagination and Shakespeare's Othello.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A fascinating and timely book

  • By Elaine & Edward Jackson on 01-01-17

Essential Reading for all

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 21-07-17

An outstanding look on black history in the UK that covers a vast amount of time. Highly recommended

  • Why I'm No Longer Talking to White People About Race

  • By: Reni Eddo-Lodge
  • Narrated by: Reni Eddo-Lodge
  • Length: 5 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,689
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,482
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,460

In February 2014, Reni Eddo-Lodge posted an impassioned argument on her blog about her deep-seated frustration with the way discussions of race and racism in Britain were constantly being shut down by those who weren't affected by it. She gave the post the title 'Why I'm No Longer Talking to White People About Race'. Her sharp, fiercely intelligent words hit a nerve, and the post went viral, spawning a huge number of comments from people desperate to speak up about their own similar experiences.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Flagrant Racism Posing as Social Justice

  • By Joaquin on 11-09-18

Excellent take on contemporary Brit race relations

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 27-06-17

an excellent take on contemporary British racism and race relations. Essential reading for anybody below 18 IMO

4 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • Black Privilege

  • Opportunity Comes to Those Who Create It
  • By: Charlamagne Tha God
  • Narrated by: Charlamagne Tha God
  • Length: 7 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 596
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 555
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 554

Charlamagne Tha God - the self-proclaimed "Prince of Pissing People Off", co-host of Power 105.1's The Breakfast Club, and "hip-hop's Howard Stern" - shares his unlikely success story as well as how embracing one's truths is a fundamental key to success and happiness.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing!!

  • By Arieth on 20-04-17

amazing

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 24-06-17

really liked this book. worth my time and yours. not some pro black book some pro everybody book