Diversifying your bookshelf to Break the Book Bias

by | Mar 7, 2022

What section of the bookshop do you run to first? The crime section? The Classics? Or, do you prefer science fiction and fantasy? We all have our reading preferences and niches, however, with the theme this International Women’s Day of #BreakTheBias, this is our opportunity to make a conscious effort to read something a bit different. 

Time to diversify! One sure way to eradicate biases in the publishing industry is to switch up your reading patterns. Why not try a new author or genre this March? We have compiled a list of ten female and POC writers from a myriad of backgrounds and cultures for you to support this IWD, enjoy!

  1. Girl Woman Other by Bernardine Evaristo

Tracking the lives and loves of a dozen British women through generations and social classes, Girl, Woman, Other weaves a distinctive, illuminating tapestry of modern British life.

  1. Assembly by Natasha Brown 

Assembly is a story about the stories we live within – those of race and class, safety and freedom, winners and losers. As we witness one woman daring to take control of her own story, even at the cost of her life.

  1. Unsettled Ground by Claire Fuller 

In sharp yet sumptuous prose, Fuller paints a stunning portrait of two middle-aged twins whose carefully cultivated existence on the fringes of society begins to unravel following the death of their mother. 

  1. The Dictionary Of Lost Words by Pip Williams 

Set in the heyday of the Suffrage movement, this quietly gripping tale of a lexicographer’s daughter who starts compiling her own dictionary out of words deemed ‘less important is a poignant exploration of love, tenacity and the ownership of language. 

  1. Matrix by Laureen Groff 

A kaleidoscopic tale of devotion, ecstasy and divine visions from the author of Fates and Furies, Matrix traces the path of a 17-year-old cast out from the French court as she becomes the prioress of a penurious English convent.

  1. We Are All Birds Of Uganda by Hafsa Zayyan

Ranging across decades and continents, Zayyan’s debut novel is rooted in the brutal regime of Idi Amin’s Uganda, yet opens up to make profound, compelling arguments about immigration and identity that sweep the reader along.

  1. An Ordinary Wonder by Buki Papillon

Raised as a boy in a grand but unhappy family in Nigeria, Otolorin Akinro escapes to boarding school knowing two things: she is truly a girl, and to stay safe, she must hide that truth. 

  1. Land Of Big Numbers by Te-Ping Chen 

Through ten exquisitely constructed stories Te-Ping Chen illuminates the conflicts and paradoxes of modern China with quicksilver imagination and deep psychological insight. A dazzling debut collection which, deftly and urgently, tells the stories of those living in the biggest and most complicated country on earth. 

  1. The Wife of Willesden by Zadie Smith 

Smith’s first playscript transplants Chaucer’s The Wife of Bath’s Prologue to Kilburn High Road in the twenty-first century, preserving the ribald humour of the original whilst adding a very modern vibrancy and sharp wit.

  1. Mother Mother by Annie Macmanus 

When 18-year-old TJ’s mother suddenly disappears, he must dig deep into his family’s past in an attempt to reach her again in this Belfast-set, heart-breaking study of the cost of unconditional love.

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