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We've been a fan of British novelist Helen Oyeyemi, since her 1st novel, "The Icarus Girl" (penned when she was just 19). Her latest novel "Mr. Fox", received a great review from the NY Times and has been nominated for a 2012 Hurston/Wright Legacy Award.
Mary Seacole, Jamaican Herbalist. During Crimean War performed surgery on the frontline and established the "British Hotel" providing supplies for soldiers and quarters for sick and infirmed.
WOW! A film is in production about Dido Elizabeth Belle, the mixed-race daughter of Admiral Sir John Lindsay. She lived at Kenwood House with the her great-uncle, the Earl of Mansfield, a judge, famous for presiding over the Somerset case regarding the legality of slavery in England. "This is an important story which still has great resonance today," said producer Damian Jones. "[Director Amma Asante] has created a powerful tale inspired by true historical events...”
In April 1993, Stephen Lawrence was murdered by a group of young white men on a street in south-east London. From the first police investigation onwards, the case was badly mishandled. In the end, long after the case against the five suspects had been dropped, the government had to give in to mounting pressure and hold a public inquiry, which became the most explosive in British legal history....'And Still I Rise' by Doreen Lawrence - Download a free ebook sample and give it a try!
Brilliant! British actress Naomie Harris~ as Winnie Mandela
The Best British Sci-Fi Writers You Should Definitely Be Reading
Olaudah Equiano (1745-1797)was a prominent African involved in the British abolitionist movement. He was enslaved as a child, purchased his freedom,worked as an author, merchant, and explorer in South America, Caribbean,Arctic, the American colonies. He settled in the United Kingdom in 1792. His autobiography, "The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano", depicts the horrors of slavery and influenced the enactment of the Slave Trade Act of 1807.