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Margaret Busby

This October, in honour of Black History Month, Virago is celebrating Black women in publishing.   Margaret Busby was the first Black woman publisher in Britain. She has been one of the most consistent and […]

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Black History Month Reading List

by Tasnim Morrison It goes without saying that we should all be reading books by Black authors and books centring the experiences of Black people all year round, however, October is Black History Month in […]

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Toni Morrison

This October, in honour of Black History Month, Virago is celebrating Black women in publishing. Toni Morrison won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1993, in recognition of the ‘visionary force and poetic import’ of […]

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Read an Extract from Letters To My Daughter

A collection of wisdom and life lessons, from the beloved and bestselling author of I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings.     Dear Daughter,   This letter has taken an extraordinary time getting itself […]

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Read an extract from The Healing

Following faith healer, Harlan Jane Eagleton, The Healing is a beautifully-written portrait of this woman’s past and how she came to her first healing.     |   I open a tin of Spirit of […]

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Read an Extract from Their Eyes Were Watching God

Zora Neale Hurston’s masterpiece is perhaps the most widely read and highly regarded novel in the entire canon of African American literature. When sixteen-year-old Janie is caught kissing shiftless Johnny Taylor, her grandmother swiftly marries […]

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Challenge the Canon

  Ten books to add to your reading list this Black History Month   Beloved by Toni Morrison Beloved is a 1987 novel by the American writer Toni Morrison. Set after the American Civil War (1861–65), it is inspired by […]

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