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David Olusoga's Black and British is 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.

Unflinching, confronting taboos and revealing hitherto unknown scandals, Olusoga describes how black and white Britons have been intimately entwined for centuries.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your My Library section along with the audio.

©2016 David Olusoga (P)2016 Macmillan Digital Audio

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  • Elaine & Edward Jackson
  • 01-01-17

A fascinating and timely book

This wonderful book is full of detail and is essential reading for anyone with an interest in British history and it's long association with black people. The chapters on the slave trade, plantation economies and the abolitionists were especially fascinating. The book dispels the commonly held assumption that Britain's relationship with black people only began with the Windrush generation. The book is a triumph for Olusoga and I personally feel prouder to call myself black and British now having a better understanding of the history of people like me who for song long have felt written out of the history of this nation.

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  • lionel
  • 04-30-17

Fantastically detailed Exceptionally informative

At 24 hrs long, I thought I would struggle through this book, but from the first sentence to the last, I have been hooked. I have been glued to google as to research further the people and places mentioned. A GREAT GREAT BOOK. I'm so glad I listened.

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  • SO
  • 12-28-16

Great book...well done to Mr Olusoga

Incredible book. Well researched, very interesting and surprising content. Highly recommended. Should be compulsory. Thanks!

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  • P. FORDE
  • 03-12-17

Captivating and thought provoking.

A broad and yet well detailed and balanced look at the complex relationship between Britain and Africa and consequently America . I was particularly interested in, and shocked by, details of events in my home city of Liverpool. Narration was good if a little husky at times. I reccomended it to anyone interested in perspectives on the 'glory days' of exploration and empire and those wanting to understand more on the role of race in UK history. Brilliant, I couldn't stop listening.

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  • Tools26
  • 03-02-17

Essential reading

Loved it. Skilfully a vast and forgotten topic. I can't even pinpoint a specific moment as my mind is awash with new information and new insights into parts of Black British history I though I already knew. So easy to listen to at times I forgot I wasn't listening to a novel so involved was I with the forgotten histories being retold. I would say essential ready for anyone interested in British and Colonial history not just Black History.

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  • Margaret Sealy
  • 11-08-16

Black and British by David Olusoga

Loved it .Hope I can retain at least some of the well researched historical information .
Very good indeed .

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  • Jemma
  • 07-11-17

Important, captivating and overdue.

What made the experience of listening to Black and British the most enjoyable?

Having a mainstream book that focuses on the plight of Black Britons is well overdue and incredibly important. The narration is wonderful, such a lovely voice to listen to. However the content is, of course, not so soothing. This is what makes it so important - it doesn't whitewash or downplay the horrendous history of slavery etc.. like my school history lessons did.

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  • James R.
  • 07-24-18

Amazeballs.

Absolutely astonishing listen. Blew entirely open my understanding of what it means to be black in Britain. Lays perfectly clear the messy complexity of colonialism and totally destroys any notion of a "white Britain." Can't recommend enough.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 01-29-17

Educational, thought provoking

A must read. History of Britain that's not taught enough in classrooms and should be.

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  • Tanne
  • 10-14-18

Fascinating, more than Windrush..

It's scary how little I knew of this history.. for that alone it gets 4 stars. There were some beautiful passages too, so 5 stars..
Hopefully some of these things are being taught now, although we seem doomed to repeat some things (ie the recent windrush scandal echoes how black seamen were deemed to be aliens after WW1)
Too many jewels in this book to pick a best bit. Only criticism is I had to speed the narrator up a bit it felt too slow and dramatic.