Publication Date: 31/08/2023 ISBN: 9781526635716 Category:

Brilliant Black British History

Atinuke, Kingsley Nebechi

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Publication Date: 31/08/2023 ISBN: 9781526635716 Category:




‘This powerful, vividly illustrated book proudly reframes Black British history’
The Guardian

‘I started reading and couldn’t put it down. It’s the kind of book I wish I’d had when I was a kid’
Joseph Coelho, Children’s Laureate

‘This book is revolutionary’
Kelechi Okafor, actor, writer and podcast host

An eye-opening story of Britain, focusing on a part of our past that has mostly been left out of the history books: the brilliant Black history of England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland.

Did you know that the first Britons were Black? Or that some of the Roman soldiers who invaded and ruled Britain were Black, too? Join this fascinating journey through the ages to meet those first Britons, as well as the Black Tudors, Georgians and Victorians who existed in every walk of life here. The incredible journey through time is brought to life through Atinuke’s fascinating storytelling and illustrated scenes, detailed maps, and timelines created by illustrator Kingsley Nebechi.

From science and sport to literature and law, celebrate the brilliant Black people who have helped build Britain. Learn about key and complex historical topics such as the world wars, slavery, the industrial revolution, Windrush and the Black Lives Matter movement. This fascinating book will change everything you thought you knew about our green-grey British isles.

‘We would recommend this book to any child, adult or teacher’
Stop Hate UK

Publisher Review

I started reading and couldn't put it down. A fascinating, essential, inclusive dive into British history. It's the kind of book I wish was available when I was a kid. * Joseph Coelho, Waterstones Children's Laureate * Black British history is British history. We have been here on these shores for a long time and have been part of the British empire from its inception. That is why this book is important for all children so that they grow up knowing our history and being proud of our contribution. We are Britain. * Diane Abbott, MP * From the very first people to set foot on these islands, Black people have made and shaped Britain into what it is today. Brilliant Black British History is the book I wished I had growing up. * David Lammy, MP * This book is revolutionary. The average person is unaware of the rich history of Blackness in Britain and I love that this wonderful book helps us all to retrace our steps. A nuanced understanding of history leads to a beautiful manner of interacting with the world around us. Love this! * Kelechi Okafor, actor, writer and podcast host * Brilliant Black British History is an informative and inspiring book that will have all children and young people asking further questions on factual Black British history. * Laura Henry-Allain MBE, award-winning writer, speaker and TV producer * This book is a huge step forward in ensuring racist attitudes do not progress into children of the next generation. It provides a contextual, globalised history that roots the Black British experience in histories of movement and migration, addressing the information gap in traditional mainstream education. We would recommend this book to any child, adult or teacher! * Stop Hate UK * A comprehensive and fascinating book on Black History! I wish I had a something like this when I was a child. * Prof Nira Chamberlain, leading British mathematician *

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