Goodreads Monday is a weekly meme hosted by Lauren’s Page Turners. To participate, choose a random book from your TBR and show it off! Don’t forget to link back to the creator of the meme, Lauren.
Happy Monday everyone! I though I’d start the week off by highlighting a book on my GoodReads TBR. I currently have 828 book on my Want-To-Read list which I know is endless. However, I feel if I start looking at it regularly I might end up cleaning it up while I scroll through looking for that one book to highlight. So here to a clean-up side affect 😉
This week I dug out Black and British: The Forgotten History by David Olusoga. I own a audiobook version but its almost 24 hours long which makes me nervous. The last time I read a non-fiction book at the same length it took me almost three months. there are several stages through that book I don’t remember and I know I drifted off several places. I don’t want that to happen for Black and British. I’ve owned the audiobook for well over a year and I keep postponing it. Hopefully it want me much longer before I get to it. After Black Lives Matters protests this book’s TV series (docu series) has re-appeared on BBC and I’m now torn between the two.
A vital re-examination of a shared history, published to accompany the landmark BBC Two series.
In Black and British, award-winning historian and broadcaster David Olusoga offers readers a rich and revealing exploration of the extraordinarily long relationship between the British Isles and the people of Africa. Drawing on new genetic and genealogical research, original records, expert testimony and contemporary interviews, Black and British reaches back to Roman Britain, the medieval imagination and Shakespeare’s Othello.
It reveals that behind the South Sea Bubble was Britain’s global slave-trading empire and that much of the great industrial boom of the nineteenth century was built on American slavery. It shows that Black Britons fought at Trafalgar and in the trenches of the First World War. Black British history can be read in stately homes, street names, statues and memorials across Britain and is woven into the cultural and economic histories of the nation.
Unflinching, confronting taboos and revealing hitherto unknown scandals, Olusoga describes how black and white Britons have been intimately entwined for centuries.
Have you read this? What did you think?
Until next time.