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Brit(ish)

By Afua Hirsch

Where are you really from? You're British. Your parents are British. You were raised in Britain.

Your partner, your children and most of your friends are British. So why do people keep asking you where you are from? Brit(ish) is about a search for identity. It is about the everyday racism that plagues British society.

In this personal and provocative investigation, Afua Hirsch explores a very British crisis of identity. We are a nation in denial about our past and our present. We believe we are the nation of abolition, but forget we are the nation of slavery. 

Island People: The Caribbean and the World 

By Joshua Jelly-Schapiro

Clustered together in azure-blue waters are a collection of little islands whose culture, history and people have touched every corner of the world. From the moment Columbus gazed out at what he mistook for India, and wrote in his journal of ‘the most beautiful land that human eyes have ever seen,’ the Caribbean has been the subject of fantasies, myths and daydreams. It was claimed, and its societies were built to enrich old Europe, and much later its beaches were splashed across billboards advertising fizzy drinks, its towns and people pictured in holiday brochures.

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Anansi and the Bag of Wisdom

By Lesley Sims

This is a new title in the fantastic "First Reading" series, based on an African folktale and part of the "Usborne Reading Programme". It is aimed at children who are beginning to read. Anansi, King of the Spiders, is given a bag of wisdom to share but selfishly decides to keep it for himself.