11,729 book reviews and counting...

Black Lives Matter: An Anti-racist Reading List

Anti-racist reading lists

In the wake of the Black Lives Matter movement and current protests happening in the UK, the US and around the world, publications and reviewers have been providing anti-racist reading lists, which have been collated below.  

These titles introduce readers to, and educate them on, the Black Lives Matter movement and provide a better understanding of the history of racism, as well as what is happening today. 

Diversifying your reading list can be a good place to start understanding the experiences of Black people, becoming an active ally and making a change.

Reni Eddo-Lodge

4.77 out of 5

8 reviews

In 2014, award-winning journalist Reni Eddo-Lodge wrote 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. She posted a piece on her blog, entitled: `Why I'm No Longer Talking to White People About Race'. Her words hit a nerve.

Nikesh Shukla, Chimene Suleyman

3.83 out of 5

3 reviews

The Good Immigrant USA is a collection of twenty personal essays by writers and personalities exploring race, identity and culture, a follow up to the British Book Award nominated and crowdfunded publishing phenomenon, The Good Immigrant.

Michelle Alexander

4.40 out of 5

7 reviews

In a bold and innovative argument, a rising legal star shows readers how the mass incarceration of a disproportionate number of black men amounts to a devastating system of racial control. This is a terrifying reality that exists in the UK as much as in the US. Despite the triumphant dismantling of the Jim Crow laws, the system that once forced African-Americans into a segregated second-class citizenship still haunts. The US criminal justice system still unfairly targets black men and deprives an entire segment of the population of their basic rights.

James Baldwin, Steve Schapiro

4.67 out of 5

4 reviews

All the grief, grit, and unassailable dignity of the civil rights movement are evoked in this illustrated edition of James Baldwin's The Fire Next Time, with photographs by Steve Schapiro. Together, Baldwin's frank account of the black experience and Schapiro's vital images offer poetic and potent testimony to one of the most important...

Brit Bennett

4.25 out of 5

14 reviews

Dialogue's super lead for 2020. From the author of the New York Times bestseller The Mothers, a powerful new novel about the parallel lives of estranged twin sisters who choose to live in two very different worlds - one black and one white.

Ijeoma Oluo

4.29 out of 5

5 reviews

A current, constructive, and actionable exploration of today's racial landscape, offering straightforward clarity that readers of all races need to contribute to the dismantling of the racial divide

Layla Saad, Robin DiAngelo

4.50 out of 5

4 reviews

A 28-day challenge to combat racism, change the world, and become a good ancestor

Patrisse Khan-Cullors, asha bandele

5.00 out of 5

3 reviews

The emotional and powerful story from the co-founder of the Black Lives Matter movement and how it came to be. The instant New York Times Bestseller.

Audre Lorde

4.25 out of 5

3 reviews

Angela Y. Davis, Frank Barat, Cornel West

TBC

1 review

Activist, teacher, author and icon of the Black Power movement Angela Davis talks Ferguson, Palestine, and prison abolition.

Ibram X. Kendi

3.60 out of 5

6 reviews

We all occasionally think or do things that are racist. He provides a comprehensive account of the misconceptions that so often cloud our understanding, from arguments about what race is and whether racial differences exist to the complications that arise when race intersects with ethnicity, class, gender and sexuality.

Rutendo Tavengerwei

TBC

2 reviews

She is scarred, in more ways than one, but her memory is a treasure trove - and her stories of Zimbabwe's war for independence are a long, long way from the history Tumirai has heard before. From the author of HOPE IS OUR ONLY WING.