Books on our shortlist
We are just planning what to include - but you may have ideas
In the top 5 non fiction are:
’Slave Wales - the Welsh and Atlantic Slavery’ by Prof Chris Evans - our 'Book of the Month' for October 2020 and really 'Book of the Year' for 2020 onwards, as its essential reading to understand the bigger pictiure of Wales links with Atlantic Slavery.
(we are also looking for a book that reflected 'Wales and British Colonialisation' )
'Sugar and Slate' by Charlotte Williams
’Scandal at Congo House’ by Chris Draper and David Lawson
‘Black Tudors, The Untold Story', by Miranda Kaufmann who lives in North Wales'
'Liverpool and Slavery' by Anthony Tibbles
'Slavery and the British Country House’ English Heritage (free download)
'Cymru Ddu Black Wales’ - by Alan Llwyd - sadly out of print and we found that few libraries
‘A Tolerant Nation’ edited by Charlotte Williams and others
In the top 5 for Historical Fiction are:
'Long Song' Andrea Levy's Historical Fiction - or Small Island and others, ‘
'The Respectable Trade’ by Phillipa Gregory,
'The Wide Sargasso Sea', Jean Rhys*
Childrens and young people's books
'Castell y Siwgr' - The Sugar Castle' by Angharad Tomos
*The Wide Sargasso Sea, Jean Rhys's return to the literary center stage. She had a startling early career and was known for her extraordinary prose and haunting women characters. With Wide Sargasso Sea, her last and best-selling novel, she ingeniously brings into light one of fiction's most fascinating characters: the madwoman in the attic from Charlotte Brontë's Jane Eyre.
This mesmerizing work introduces us to Antoinette Cosway, a sensual and protected young woman who is sold into marriage to the prideful Mr. Rochester. Rhys portrays Cosway amidst a society so driven by hatred, so skewed in its sexual relations, that it can literally drive a woman out of her mind.
A new introduction by the award-winning Edwidge Danticat, author most recently of Claire of the Sea Light, expresses the enduring importance of this work. Drawing on her own Caribbean background, she illuminates the setting's impact on Rhys and her astonishing work. A masterpiece of modern fiction.