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Taking Up Space

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Random House presents the audiobook edition of Taking Up Space, by Chelsea Kwakye and Ore Ogunbiyi. A groundbreaking exploration of the problems of diversity in education, by two extremely talented young graduates.

As a minority in a predominantly white institution, taking up space is an act of resistance. And in higher education, feeling like you constantly have to justify your existence within institutions that weren't made for you is an ongoing struggle for many people. 

Chelsea Kwakye and Ore Ogunbiyi, two recent Cambridge graduates, wrote Taking Up Space as a guide and a manifesto for change: tackling issues of access, unrepresentative curricula, discrimination in the classroom, the problems of activism and life before and after university. 

Featuring honest conversations with students past and present, Taking Up Space goes beyond the buzzwords of diversity and inclusion and explores what those words truly mean for young black girls today.

©2019 Ore Ogunbiyi and Chelsea Kwakye (P)2019 Penguin Audio

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Amazing

Absolutely loved it! Eloquently spoken and delivered whilst keeping it real. It's accurate and a must read for all considering going to university. Strong messages and lessons for all. Thank you Ore and Chelsea. Look forward to your next book.

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Amazing!

A must read for all. Loved it! One to save for generations to come. Thank you so much to the authors for choosing to address the issues discussed in this book.

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What I wish I had known before going to University

Where was this book 12 years go?! Had I been armed with these voices and views before I went to university or even before making the choice to go to university, I am almost certain my life would playout as a different story. Essential reading for young black women in the UK!

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Cambridge has so much room for so much improvement

A powerful insight into the pressures unique to black women preventing being blindsided. must read

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A brilliantly honest insight

How I wish I'd listened to this book before going to university many moons ago. Thank you for this book, sublime.

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invaluable

I wish that my daughter had read this before going to university. Every 16 year old POC should read this 👏🏾

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Must read for all black girls

This book is so relatable. It empowered in so many ways. It validated my struggles in white spaces and gave me strength to go on. Thank you authors for writting this book. I look forward to reading more from you in the future.

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So short! When's the sequel?

Fantastic and easy listen but almost spit out my tea when it finished. The entire book felt like an intro to me and I expected a lot more depth, anecdotes and analysis. However, it's still an important read and addresses issues which even NBPOC are not fully aware of.

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amazing read

powerful book and very relevant to university and workplace experiences, I am looking forward to seeing how these young women change the world

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Excellence

A must for anyone who values the black female voice. I think people of all ages can learn from the experiences of those in this book

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  • 24-07-19

The book I needed when I was in University in England

I haven’t even finished this book but I already love it. This is the book I needed when I was in university in the UK. This is a book I need now as I work in a place where I am a minority. Proud of the authors. Can’t wait to read more. I love the narration as well.