Books to read this November

Check out our collection of interesting recommended reads for November. There’s something for everyone!

Sings of the Earth by Fazlun Khalid – £12.15

A major study of environmentalism and Islam in practice and theory, with a historical overview that sets out future challenges, including reformulating the fiqh or Islamic legal tradition to take the ecological dimension seriously.

The Fortune Men: Shortlisted for the Booker Prize 2021 – £11.65

‘Chilling and utterly compelling, The Fortune Men shines an essential light on a much-neglected period of our national life’ Sathnam Sanghera, author of Empireland

Mahmood Mattan is a fixture in Cardiff’s Tiger Bay, 1952, which bustles with Somali and West Indian sailors, Maltese businessmen, and Jewish families. He is a father, chancer, some-time petty thief. He is many things, in fact, but he is not a murderer.

One Breath At A Timeby Salatu E Sule – £8.99

Life is not always easy. We face challenges, difficulties, and hardship throughout our life journey. These highs and lows are a part of life. Sometimes, however, we need that reminder that Allah is always there and these moments of hardship are not punishments but trials from Him to strengthen us, guide us, and elevate us….one breath at a time.

The First Woman: Winner of the Jhalak Prize, 2021

‘In Jennifer Makumbi, we have a giant of literature living among us.’ Peter Kalu, Jhalak Prize Judge Longlisted for the Diverse Book Awards, 2021 ‘Jennifer Makumbi is a genius storyteller.’ Reni Eddo-Lodge A SUNDAY TIMES, OBSERVER, DAILY MAIL, BBC CULTURE & IRISH INDEPENDENT BOOK OF THE YEAR At once epic and deeply personal, the second novel from prize-winning author Jennifer Makumbi is an intoxicating mix of Ugandan folklore and modern feminism that will linger in the memory long after the final page. As Kirabo enters her teens, questions begin to gnaw at her – questions which the adults in her life will do anything to ignore. Where is the mother she has never known? And why would she choose to leave her daughter behind? Inquisitive, headstrong, and unwilling to take no for an answer, Kirabo sets out to find the truth for herself. Her search will take her away from the safety of her prosperous Ugandan family, plunging her into a very different world of magic, tradition, and the haunting legend of ‘The First Woman’.

Maybe I Don’t Belong Here: A Memoir of Race, Identity, Breakdown and Recovery – £13.36

‘As a Black British man, I believe it is vital that I tell this story. It may be just one account from the perspective of a person of color who has experienced this system, but it may be enough to potentially change an opinion or, more importantly, stop someone else from spinning completely out of control.’ – David Harewood

Happy Reading!

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