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A hard-to-put-down, excellent read of slavery, harrowing but full of love and hope. The characters are very real and the writing is gripping. Based on fact, the actual document of ‘The Book of Negroes’, which is a list of all those who were taken by the British from America to Canada. This is the story of one such, Aminata, an intelligent, brave woman of immense strength and determination who follows her dream, whatever happens, to return to Africa. It won the 2008 Commonwealth Writer’s Prize. It is an epic, sweeping, magnificent tale, not to be missed.

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The Book of Negroes by Lawrence Hill

Abducted from her West African village at the age of eleven and sold as a slave in the American South, Aminata Diallo thinks only of freedom - and of finding her way home again. After escaping the plantation, torn from her husband and child, she passes through Manhattan in the chaos of the Revolutionary War, is shipped to Nova Scotia, and then joins a group of freed slaves on a harrowing return odyssey to Africa. Based on a true story, Lawrence Hill's epic novel spans three continents and six decades to bring to life a dark and shameful chapter in our history through the story of one brave and resourceful woman.


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Hill's novel is a beautiful, compelling artifice, spun from unspeakably savage facts.... a fiction that faces the terrible truth about slavery * The Times * A colossal achievement... heartrending yet inspiring * Independent on Sunday * The ebb and flow of Aminata's fortunes is gripping stuff, with the horrors inflicted upon her and her people brought to life almost matter-of-factly - and all the more enraging for that * Daily Mail * Richly meticulous recreation of late 18th century slave life... in its grand historical sweep, The Book of Negroes succeeds admirably in giving voice to a captive people who were for so long kept mute -- Stephen Amidon * The Sunday Times * Wears its thorough research lightly... fitting that this ambitious revision of slave narratives should have won the overall Commonwealth Writers
Prize in the year that the American electorate demolished one of its most persistent categories of exclusion

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About the Author

Lawrence Hill was born in Ontario, Canada of a black father and a white mother. He is
the author of a memoir, Black Berry, Sweet Juice, a work of non-fiction, The Deserter’s
Tale
, and two other novels. His third novel, The Book of Negroes (published in the US as
Somebody Knows My Name) was a no.1 bestseller in Canada, and won the 2008
Commonwealth Writers’ Prize for Best Book.

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Publication date

1st April 2010

Author

Lawrence Hill

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Author's Website

www.lawrencehill.com

Publisher

Black Swan an imprint of Transworld Publishers Ltd

Format

Paperback
512 pages

Categories

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Literary Fiction
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Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

ISBN

9780552775489

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