• Natives

  • Race and Class in the Ruins of Empire
  • By: Akala
  • Narrated by: Akala
  • Length: 10 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 05-17-18
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Two Roads
  • 5 out of 5 stars (49 ratings)

Regular price: $21.31

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Publisher's Summary

A searing modern polemic and Sunday Times best seller from the BAFTA and MOBO-award-winning musician and political commentator, Akala.

From the first time he was stopped and searched as a child, to the day he realised his mum was white, to his first encounters with racist teachers - race and class have shaped Akala's life and outlook. In this unique book he takes his own experiences and widens them out to look at the social, historical and political factors that have left us where we are today.

Covering everything from the police, education and identity to politics, sexual objectification and the far right, Natives will speak directly to British denial and squeamishness when it comes to confronting issues of race and class that are at the heart of the legacy of Britain's racialised empire.

©2018 Akala (P)2018 Hodder & Stoughton Limited

Critic Reviews

"A book bristling with intelligence and insight." (Irish Times)

"A history lesson of the kind you should get in school, but don't...This is a searing, thought-provoking book." (Stylist

"A potent combination of autobiography and political history which holds up a mirror to contemporary Britain." (Independent)

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  • Lamont D
  • MANCHESTER, PA, United States
  • 09-19-18

Interesting in parts, but definitely a mixed bag

I found some of Akala's lectures and conversations on YouTube interesting, so I decided to buy the audiobook and listen to what he had to say in a wider context.

As.a.black American, I found some of his insights into his background and racial politics in Great Britain fascinating. Parts of his stories echo things I've experienced or seen over here, while others were completely foreign to me (like the idea of a Pan-African Saturday school). And his stories were interesting, even if I disagreed with a few of his conclusions.

So why not five stars? Well, he doesn't lack for confidence and seems to have a general inability to see his part in things. He unequivocally asserts things without taking the effort to walk you through his logic, and by the late stages.of the book he is throwing around 'obvious' so much that it is completely grating. And by the final chapter, he is throwing so many concepts around that he can't give any of them air to breathe or room to provide true insight into things. By the last chapters in the book, I had to force myself to listen to the last few chapters without cringing - and I was relieved it was over.

A better editor would have helped tremendously.

But despite that, it is an interesting book so I'll give it 4 stars.

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Great writing and reading

Very inspiring and gives you alot of insight. Really Great with the last paragraphs looking forward, predicting. Captivating

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Pure unadulterated brilliance.

This is a must-read for all especially black or minority people I like how Akala wrapped up history, facts, personal opinion, along with storytelling and genuine truth in this book. the fact of how you can discuss racial things with truth and fax yet not come off feeling that you hate another race is truly brilliant and shows that the writer attacks everything from a level of humanity not bias and that is what made this booking most interesting read I love the book and I think akkala is great.

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Brilliant.

I became aware of Akala a few years ago, and though his music hasn't quite captured me yet, I am captivated by his analysis of race and class in the UK, and in the world. I just finished his self-narrated audiobook, and again, his commentary is insightful, his perspective is poignant and highly accurate (at least based on my own observations). I HIGHLY recommend this book if you are curious about shifting race and class dynamics in the 21st century. Now I'm going to go listen to more of his music to see what I'm missing.

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Excellent! I am a fan.

I loved how Akala debunked flemsy arguments regarding race relations in the UK and it's colonies. He put some things in perspective for me...

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MOST READ/LISTEN

I already knew that he was a great artist and educator. But out did himself on this one

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Amazing Book!

This is the best book I have listened to in a long time. I enjoyed the audible version as well, will definitely listen to it again.

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It's a lot like "Between The World and Me" but British

I liked that he presented racism from a global perspective thereby giving a more comprehensive understanding of the matter and legitimacy to the topic. I did not like his lack of spirituality. I did not appreciate his fondness of Richard Dawkins. Most Black people, in America at least, have always seen racism and injustices from a spiritual level as part of the eternal struggle between good and evil. I'd recommend this to anyone who is interested in current conversation of immigration and racism locally and globally. I gave it the rating because he superbly performed the audio voice and perhaps because I enjoyed listening to his English accent. Great content as well. I'm going to by the hard copy as well just for the references.

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  • Jahfoolie
  • 05-22-18

Outstanding work by Akala.

Written and read by the brilliant Akala, not a single fault with the book. Tells his story with real history.

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  • Ross Clark
  • 07-10-18

A Very Interesting and Challenging Listen

Being a big fan of Frankie Boyle I've seen a number of Akala's appearances on his panel style show. I always felt that Akala was able to cut straight to the heart of whatever matter was being discussed and have been a keen follower of him since.

This book is both an excellent account of the experiences of a mixed race boy growing up in 80's/90's London as well as a dig deeper in to the Empirical history of England and how that has shaped the nations views on race and colour and how they continue to manifest themselves today.

This goes beyond the obvious incidents of racism, such as overt name calling and racially motivated violence and in to the far more damaging and covert world of institutional racism that exists within not only the nations institutions of power but in peoples subconscious thoughts and actions.

I always enjoy audiobooks more when read by the author and Akala does a great job of taking you through his book in a lively and passionate manner which certainly adds to the personal accounts raised by the author.

I'd highly recommend this, it helped me to understand why racism is such a problem today, where it's roots lie and why it won't just go away if we ignore it. Essential and thought provoking reading/listening for people of all colour and creed.

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  • Bradlee
  • 05-22-18

Great book for anyone with interest in history, class and race

This book gives you a personal look at UK inner-city life coupled with great historical insight. Taking on political, instructional and historical views of race and class, and why the world views different races and classes the way it does in 2018 and beyond.

I gave this book five stars for delivery and depth of the content. Also, I feel unlike other books with a similar theme; I can personally relate to the experiences of Akala.

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  • adam r siddals
  • 06-20-18

Eye Opening

incredible, passionate and concious raising. I really reccomend EVERYONE read this book regardless of your background.

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  • Lotika Singha
  • 08-10-18

A young man of great insight

Thank you for a intelligent nuanced analysis. My son’s next birthday gift will be the hard cover print copy

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  • Dave Pierce
  • 08-09-18

Phenomenal

Greatly narrated by the man himself. This book is as unbiased a look at world history as anything I've encountered so far in my life.

This is for those ready to see the World with a fresh, unprogrammed pair of eyes.

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  • Ben
  • 08-06-18

Fantastically researched and equally well told.

Thorough research only goes so far. It is Akala's great story telling that makes the subject matter really stick.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-06-18

Excellent listen

Great book, I read and listened to it. I think hearing it from Akala makes it so much better. There is so much History in this book and it makes for interesting reading when linked to Akala’s family context. Edgy, bold and honest.

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  • E M
  • 06-11-18

Very good and informative

Good modern day history of Black Britain from a black British perspective. The intersection of race and class and novel and enlightened perspectives upon these from Akala makes this five stars.

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  • Mack
  • 09-22-18

Brilliant

Everybody should read this book, oh my days!!! Knowledge is truly power. Well Done Akala for educating young black guys like me.

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  • wara
  • 05-27-18

Great

Great book, very interesting look at race and class, great use of perspective. As a (ambigously) white Australian, this book really opened my eyes to how race and class affect broader international dynamics.

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  • Andrea J. Blakemore
  • 06-20-18

Amazing book.

Great audiobook

Well read and great info throughout.

wish white people will read/listen to this