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Black and British Audiobook

Black and British: A Forgotten History

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Publisher's Summary

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.

Unflinching, confronting taboos and revealing hitherto unknown scandals, Olusoga describes how black and white Britons have been intimately entwined for centuries.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your My Library section along with the audio.

©2016 David Olusoga (P)2016 Macmillan Digital Audio

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    Tools26 02/03/2017
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    "Essential reading"

    Loved it. Skilfully a vast and forgotten topic. I can't even pinpoint a specific moment as my mind is awash with new information and new insights into parts of Black British history I though I already knew. So easy to listen to at times I forgot I wasn't listening to a novel so involved was I with the forgotten histories being retold. I would say essential ready for anyone interested in British and Colonial history not just Black History.

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    Elaine & Edward Jackson 01/01/2017 Member Since 2013
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    "A fascinating and timely book"

    This wonderful book is full of detail and is essential reading for anyone with an interest in British history and it's long association with black people. The chapters on the slave trade, plantation economies and the abolitionists were especially fascinating. The book dispels the commonly held assumption that Britain's relationship with black people only began with the Windrush generation. The book is a triumph for Olusoga and I personally feel prouder to call myself black and British now having a better understanding of the history of people like me who for song long have felt written out of the history of this nation.

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    "Fantastically detailed Exceptionally informative"

    At 24 hrs long, I thought I would struggle through this book, but from the first sentence to the last, I have been hooked. I have been glued to google as to research further the people and places mentioned. A GREAT GREAT BOOK. I'm so glad I listened.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    P. FORDE 12/03/2017
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    "Captivating and thought provoking. "

    A broad and yet well detailed and balanced look at the complex relationship between Britain and Africa and consequently America . I was particularly interested in, and shocked by, details of events in my home city of Liverpool. Narration was good if a little husky at times. I reccomended it to anyone interested in perspectives on the 'glory days' of exploration and empire and those wanting to understand more on the role of race in UK history. Brilliant, I couldn't stop listening.

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    SO 28/12/2016
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    "Great book...well done to Mr Olusoga"

    Incredible book. Well researched, very interesting and surprising content. Highly recommended. Should be compulsory. Thanks!

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    Margaret Sealy 08/11/2016
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    "Black and British by David Olusoga"

    Loved it .Hope I can retain at least some of the well researched historical information .
    Very good indeed .

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    Jemma 11/07/2017
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    "Important, captivating and overdue."
    What made the experience of listening to Black and British the most enjoyable?

    Having a mainstream book that focuses on the plight of Black Britons is well overdue and incredibly important. The narration is wonderful, such a lovely voice to listen to. However the content is, of course, not so soothing. This is what makes it so important - it doesn't whitewash or downplay the horrendous history of slavery etc.. like my school history lessons did.


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    "Educational, thought provoking"

    A must read. History of Britain that's not taught enough in classrooms and should be.

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    Nathanael 11/09/2017
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    Expansive, comprehensive, well structured and well read. I can't recommend this more. I'm listening for the 3rd time.

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    John 29/08/2017
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    " much meeded"

    if you're familiar with David Olusoga's BBC Documentary of the same name then you will recognise some of the stories told compellingly by Olusoga in this accompanying book. but there's much more here. astounding and in many places depressing, the scope of this work is huge, as is its contribution to the necessary coming to terms with Britain's history of violent racism, and at a time when old forms of racism are appearing in new guises. much needed, and brilliant.

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