Longlisted for the Baillie Gifford Prize for Non-fiction
'Essential' Marlon James, Man Booker Prize-Winner 2015
'One of the most important books of 2017' Nikesh Shukla, editor of The Good Immigrant
'A wake-up call to a country in denial' Observer
In 2014, award-winning journalist Reni Eddo-Lodge wrote on her blog about her frustration with the way that discussions of race and racism in Britain were being led by those who weren't affected by it. Her words hit a nerve. The post went viral and comments flooded in from others desperate to speak up about their own experiences. Galvanised, she decided to dig into the source of these feelings.
Exploring issues from eradicated black history to the inextricable link between class and race, Reni Eddo-Lodge has written a searing, illuminating, absolutely necessary examination of what it is to be a person of colour in Britain today.
About the Author
Reni Eddo-Lodge is a London-based, award-winning journalist. She has written for the New York Times, the Voice, Daily Telegraph, Guardian, Independent, Stylist, Inside Housing, the Pool, Dazed and Confused, and the New Humanist. She is the winner of an MHP 30 to Watch Award and was chosen as one of the Top 30 Young People in Digital Media by the Guardian in 2014. She has also been listed in Elle's 100 Inspirational Women list, and The Root's 30 Black Viral Voices Under 30. She contributed to The Good Immigrant. Why I'm No Longer Talking to White People about Race is her first book. It was chosen as Foyles Non-Fiction Book of the Year and Blackwell's Non-Fiction Book of the Year, longlisted for the Baillie Gifford Prize and shortlisted for the Jhalak Prize and the Books Are My Bag Readers Award for Non-Fiction.
A revelation ... Undoubtedly essential * Spectator *
This is a book that was begging to be written. This is the kind of book that demands a future where we'll no longer need such a book. Essential * Marlon James, Man Booker Prize-Winner 2015 *
Set to blow apart the understanding of race relations in this country * Stylist *
A wake-up call to a nation in denial about the structural and institutional racisms occurring in our homes, offices and communities * Observer *
One of the most important books of 2017 * Nikesh Shukla, editor of The Good Immigrant *
Eye-opening ... Honest, opinionated and pretty kick-ass * Elle *
Blistering ... This book is essential reading for anyone even remotely interested in living in a fairer, kinder and more equal world * Paris Lees *
Eviscerating ... A riveting deep-dive into the history and communication of race in Britain ... This book is destined to become cult * Red *
The black British Bible * Gal-Dem *
Political, accessible and uncompromising * Guardian, Books of the Year *
Vital dialogue from a powerful voice * Daily Telegraph *
A thunderclap of a book -- Catherine Johnson, Jhalak Prize judge
Has become essential to understanding what life is like in the UK for many people of colour. A must-read for everyone * Elle Book Club *