It’s Black history month, which means a time to celebrate, commemorate and learn more about black histories and cultures in the UK and beyond. And what better way to kick things off than with wonderful books by black British women published in 2019. These dynamic books will sit in the cannon of black British and Irish literature — adding to a legacy that should be celebrated far beyond Black History Month.
Sadly, the publishing industry still has a long way to go when it comes to diversity, who gets their foot in the door, and who gets their work published. According to the Guardian, a recent survey of 6,432 people working for 42 organisations showed that only 11.6% were BAME, which is lower than the national average population. This means it's even more important to shout about the work by black women. And with debut books like Queenie by Londoner Candice Carty-Williams and sequels from literary royalty like Malorie Blackman receiving widespread praise this year, it’s refreshing to see the work of black women getting more recognition.
From magical realism and life-hack journals to nail-biting thrillers and humorous murder mysteries – here is a list of new work by amazing black women, permeating the publishing world that you should be reading right now: