The Good Ally
‘I invite you to be courageous and get comfortable with being uncomfortable, because any discomfort you feel is temporary and pales in comparison to what black and brown people often have to experience on a daily basis.
Are you ready?
The Good Ally is an urgent call to arms to become better allies against racism and provides a thoughtful approach, centering collective healing, to do so.
It is a book for those against persistent racial injustice, hungry to expand their knowledge and understanding of systemic racism in Britain and beyond. It uncovers the roots of racism and its birthplace, anti-Blackness.
It is for those who not only want to be able to better recognise both subtle and overt forms of racism in action, to examine their powerful role in it, but who want to know what to do about it. The answer often lies within.
The Good Ally is the answer to ‘what next?’
'Nova's book for me is a mental health manual for dealing with the everyday issues that arise when navigating a system that seeks to deny the existence of structural racism. She not only gives the reader detailed examples of the things that can and do arise, she also expertly offers solutions that help deal with them.' David Harewood MBE, actor and author of Maybe I Don't Belong Here 'The Good Ally is a powerful trojan horse. While the title calls out to every white person who has wanted to know 'How can I become a good anti-racist ally?', it's content delivers hard-hitting facts, stories, and reflections that remind us that it's not about being good, it's about doing better.' Layla F. Saad, Sunday Times bestselling author of Me and White Supremacy 'On the journey to becoming a better and more effective ally, Nova's book is a must read. It will prompt deep reflection, it will make you smile, and it might even make you cry. Through this process, it powerfully provides the insight and guidance each of us need to be better.' Gary Coombe, CEO P&G - Global Grooming Business 'Nova Reid is one of the most generous, open-hearted, energising writers working today. The Good Ally is a beautiful, bold and no-BS guide to getting uncomfortable, digging deep and being fully human. It will be the best and hardest work you ever do. You will not regret it.' Emma Gannon 'Powerful, exhilarating and confronting, this book stayed at the front of my thoughts, long after I'd finished it.' Zoe Williams, Guardian Columnist 'A powerful book for change that comes at a time when we need it most. Nova seamlessly weaves together historical and personal storytelling with practical advice, creating a work that is informative, confronting and moving.' Matthew Williams, author of The Science of Hate and Professor of Criminology Cardiff University
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