Covers of The Good Immigrant, Run Rebel, Poor and Homegoing on a blue background

The (incomplete) Lit in Colour book list: Years 10-11

Have a look at our list for years 10–11. We have titles on Home and Belonging, Masuclinity, Love, Feminisim, Politics, British History and more. You can also view the full list in the downloadable PDF.

Books by other publishers

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Fruit of the Lemon by Andrea Levy

Published by Tinder Press

Faith Jackson seems to have the perfect flatshare and a great job in television, but those, plus her relationship with her loving yet overbearing family are far from it. When her parents announce that they’re going to retire back home in Jamaica, Faith makes her own journey there and is welcomed by her Aunt Coral.

Through her aunt’s stories, a case of characters unfolds, stretching back to Cuba and Panama, Harlem and Scotland, a story that passes through London and sweeps through continents.

Levy was an English author best known for the novels Small Island and The Long Song.

Topics/themes: Home and belonging, family

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The Boy in the Black Suit by Jason Reynolds

Published by Faber & Faber

Seventeen-year-old Matt wears a black suit everyday, for his job at the local funeral home. Since his mother died, his father can’t handle the bills on his own. As his father is drawn to alcohol, Matt meets Lovey and is drawn to her. Lovey is tough in a way Matt wishes he could be, and seems to understand his loneliness.

The Boy in the Black Suit is Reynolds’ second young adult book, and was named a 2016 Coretta Scott King Author Honor Book.

Reynolds is a Newbery Award honouree, a two-time Walter Dean Myers Award winner, an NAACP Image Award Winner, and the recipient of multiple Coretta Scott King honors.

Topics/themes: Death, grief, love, loneliness

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Bantam by Jackie Kay

Published by Picador

Poet Kay has been Scots Makar – the national poet laureate of Scotland – since 2016, and Bantam is the first collection she published after taking on that role.
Bantam is about the fighting spirit and brings three generations into sharp focus: Kay’s own, her father’s, and his own father’s.

Kay’s collection examines how old injuries can emerge years later, how we bear and absorb the loss of friends, how we celebrate and welcome new life, and how we how we embody our times.

Topics/themes: Family, grief, love

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Manchester Happened by Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi

Published by Oneworld

Shorlisted for magazine publisher Hearst’s Big Book Awards, Manchester Happened is a collection of short stories about the Ugandans who choose to make England their home. Weaving between Manchester and Kampala, the collection reimagines the journeys of it characters, and examines the nature of belonging.

Nansubuga Makumbi is also the author of Kintu, a reimagining of the history of Uganda through the cursed bloodline of the Kintu clan.

Topics/themes: Home and belonging, immigration

4 book covers on a purple background: The Extraordinary Life of Serena Williams, Tall Story, Girl Woman Other and Run Rebel

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