Just as students and young people have contradicted patronising ideas about the apathetic and apolitical younger generation in taking the lead against ConDem fees and cuts, so fiction for young people can sometimes go where adult fiction conservatively fears to tread.
Fryer's book is about the story of black people in Britain, the history of the slave trade and a discussion of racism, its development and its effects. It is a brave book, about British history and society itself.
The book is an accessible way to learn about this little remarked upon area of US aggression. It is a timely reminder that, despite its colossal resources and power, America cannot guarantee the fulfillment of its imperialist aims.
Published for the first time in English, Antonio Santucci's book Antonio Gramsci is a brilliant short introduction to the life and work of one of the most important revolutionaries of the 20th century.