Born OTD in 1946, Cuban-Jamaican singer, Rita Marley. “..When Beverly would travel to Studio One from Trench Town she says she and the Wailing Wailers would take a short cut through the Calvary Cemetary & pass Rita Anderson’s home…. Not only did Beverly help launch their career, but her connection also brought Rita Anderson & Bob Marley together. They were married on the 10th February, 1966.”

In a music world that was rougher than rough, where men took monikers of royalty and machismo like Duke and…

How does it feel to be constantly regarded as a potential threat, strip-searched at every airport? Or be told that, as an actress, the part you’re most fitted to play is `wife of a terrorist’? How does it feel to have words from your native language misused, misappropriated & used aggressively towards you? How does it feel to hear a child of colour say in a classroom that stories can only be about white people? How does it feel to go `home’ to India when your home is really London? What is it like to feel you always have to be an ambassador for your race? How does it feel to always tick `Other’?

Bringing together 21 exciting black, Asian and minority ethnic voices emerging in Britain today, The Good Immigrant explores why immigrants…

Set in turn-of-the-century New York, E.L. Doctorow’s Ragtime seamlessly blends fictional characters and realistic depictions of historical figures to bring to life the events that defined American history in the years before the First World War. Welcome to America at the turn of the 20th century, where the rhythms of ragtime set the beat. Harry Houdini astonishes audiences with magical feats of escape, the mighty J. P. Morgan dominates the financial world and Henry Ford manufactures cars by making men into machines..

Emma Goldman preaches free love and feminism, while ex-chorus girl Evelyn Nesbitt inspires a mad millionaire to murder the architect…

In his forties, Malcolm gave up his job in suburban Glasgow when a persistent seed that had been growing inside him started to bloom, disrupting the foundations of his life. When he saw the job advert, ‘urgent: island doctor needed’, he applied immediately. What he didn’t anticipate was how much Orkney would affect his family, for better or worse. In stories that range from the humorous to the deeply moving, Malcolm describes what it’s like adjusting to life without modern conveniences & to the extreme – & constantly changing – weather; & what it means to be providing the best medical care to the local population with limited resources. Which often includes the wildlife as well …

Malcolm’s journey evokes the awe that the Orkney landscape can inspire, as well as the challenges of island life and…

Irina obsessively takes explicit photographs of the average-looking men she persuades to model for her, scouted from the streets of Newcastle. Placed on sabbatical from her dead-end bar job, she is offered an exhibition at a fashionable London gallery, promising to revive her career in the art world & offering an escape from her rut of drugs, alcohol, & extreme cinema. The news triggers a self-destructive tailspin, centred around Irina’s relationship with her obsessive best-friend, & a shy young man from her local supermarket who has attracted her attention…

  BOY PARTS is the incendiary debut novel from Eliza Clark, a pitch-black comedy both shocking and hilarious, fearlessly exploring…

Born OTD in 1918, South African lawyer and politician, Nelson Mandela. Freedom fighter, fugitive, celebrated prisoner, president: the hero of a nation. Mandela was called a terrorist, forced into hiding, captured, threatened with the death penalty and eventually thrown into prison for 27 years, but nothing could stop him from fighting to liberate his country from the infamous sytem of apartheid, which for so many years sought to separate people by race in South Africa. A hero in the struggle, he never gave up.

Even when he was a prisoner, he worked secretly with his comrades to undermine South Africa’s oppressive government. This is…

This enthralling novel, inspired by the 2006 film, illustrates that fantasy is the sharpest tool to explore the terrors and miracles of the human heart. You shouldn’t come in here. You could get lost. It has happened before. I’ll tell you the story one day, if you want to hear it. In fairy tales, there are men and there are wolves, there are beasts and dead parents, there are girls and forests. Ofelia knows all this, like any young woman with a head full of stories.

And she sees right away what the Capitan is, in his immaculate uniform, boots and gloves, smiling: a wolf. But…

In his first full-length work of journalism in a decade, the ‘heir to R. Crumb & Art Spiegelman’ brings his comics mastery to a story of indigenous North America, resource extraction, & our debt to the natural world. The Dene have lived in the vast Mackenzie River Valley since time immemorial, by their account. To the Dene, the land owns them, not the other way around – it is central to their livelihood & their very way of being. But the subarctic Canadian Northwest Territories are also home to valuable natural resources, including oil, gas & diamonds.

With mining came jobs and investment-but also road-building, pipelines and toxic waste, which scarred the landscape; and alcohol, drugs, and…

By 1979, we knew all that we know now about the science of climate change – what was happening, why it was happening, & how to stop it. Over the next ten years, we had the very real opportunity to stop it. Obviously, we failed. Nathaniel Rich’s groundbreaking account of that failure – & how tantalizingly close we came to signing binding treaties that would have saved us all before the fossil fuels industry & politicians committed to anti-scientific denialism

It is not just an agonizing revelation of historical missed opportunities, but a clear-eyed and eloquent assessment of how we…