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The Book of Birmingham

The Book of Birmingham Pdf/ePub eBook Author: ,
Editor: Comma Press
ISBN: 1912697165
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Few cities have undergone such a radical transformation over the last few decades as Birmingham. Culturally and architecturally, it has been in a state of perpetual flux and regeneration, with new communities moving in, then out, and iconic post-war landmarks making way for brighter-coloured, 21st century flourishes. Much like the city itself, the characters in the stories gathered here are often living through moments of profound change, closing in on a personal or societal turning point, that carries as much threat as it does promise. Set against key moments of history – from Malcolm X’s visit to Smethwick in 1965, to the Handsworth riots two decades later, from the demise of the city’s manufacturing in the 70s and 80s, to the on-going tensions between communities in recent years – these stories celebrate the cultural dynamism that makes this complex, often divided ‘second city’ far more than just the sum of its parts.

The Munchkin Book

The Munchkin Book Pdf/ePub eBook Author: James Lowder
Editor: BenBella Books, Inc.
ISBN: 1939529166
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With 18 exclusive Munchkin® game rules! By gently – and sometimes not so gently – mocking the fantasy dungeon crawl and the sacred cows of pop culture, the Munchkin card game has stabbed and sneaked and snickered a path to the pinnacle of success. Along the way, it has sold millions of copies, been translated around the world, and spawned more than two dozen sequels and supplements. More fun than a Chainsaw of Bloody Dismemberment and more useful than a Chicken on Your Head, The Munchkin Book is a lighthearted and suitably snarky celebration of all things near and dear to the munchkin heart, featuring exclusive content from: Munchkin's designer and Steve Jackson Games president Steve Jackson Munchkin's signature artist John Kovalic (creator of web comic Dork Tower) Steve Jackson Games' "Munchkin Czar" Andrew Hackard CEO of Steve Jackson Games Phil Reed The Munchkin Book also includes a foreword by New York Times bestselling author and Forgotten Realms creator Ed Greenwood, an introduction by editor James Lowder, and contributions from notable mavens of geek culture, including: Andrew Zimmerman Jones • David M. Ewalt • Jennifer Steen • Joseph Scrimshaw • Randy Scheunemann • Jaym Gates • Dave Banks • Matt Forbeck • Christian Lindke • Bonnie Burton • Colm Lundberg • Liam McIntyre

Black Handsworth

Black Handsworth Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Kieran Connell
Editor: Univ of California Press
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In 1980s Britain, while the country failed to reckon with the legacies of its empire, a black, transnational sensibility was emerging in its urban areas. In Handsworth, an inner-city neighborhood of Birmingham, black residents looked across the Atlantictoward African and Afro-Caribbean social and political cultures and drew upon them while navigating the inequalities of their locale. For those of the Windrush generation and their British-born children, this diasporic inheritance became a core influence on cultural and political life. Through rich case studies, including photographic representations of the neighborhood, Black Handsworth takes readers inside pubs, churches, political organizations, domestic spaces, and social clubs to shed light on the experiences and everyday lives of black residents during this time. The result is a compelling and sophisticated study of black globality in the making of post-colonial Britain.

Song of Time

Song of Time Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Ian R. MacLeod
Editor: Jabberwocky Literary Agency, Inc.
ISBN: 1625673965
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Winner of the Arthur C. Clarke and the John W. Campbell Memorial awards for Best Science-Fiction Novel Song of Time begins with an old woman discovering a half-drowned man on a Cornish beach in the furthest days of this strange century. She, once a famous concert violinist, is close to death herself — or a new kind of life she can barely contemplate. Does death still exist at all, or has finally been extinguished? And who is this strange man she's found? Is he a figure returned from her own past, a new messiah, or an empty vessel? Filled with love, music, death and life, and spanning the world from the prim English suburbs of Birmingham to the wild inventions of a new-Renaissance Paris to a post-apocalyptic India, Song of Time tells the story of this century, and confronts the ultimate leap into a new kind of existence, and whatever lies beyond... Praise for Song of Time: “MacLeod’s quiet, meditative novels and stories have been winning critical acclaim for years, and Song of Time sees him at the height of his powers. At the end of a long and eventful life, celebrated violinist Roushana Maitland orders her memories before she passes from the world of the flesh to a virtual afterlife. When she finds a mysterious stranger washed up on the beach of her Cornish retreat, he facilitates the process of remembrance. In flashback chapters we follow Roushana’s turbulent life through the cataclysmic events of the 21st century, taking in the deaths of loved ones, marriage to a conductor-entrepreneur, and a final heartbreaking revelation, Song of Time is a slow, sensitive first-person account of what it means to be human and vulnerable, and confirms MacLeod as one of the country’s very best literary SF writers.” —The Guardian

The Mistake

The Mistake Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Bishwanath Singh
Editor: Notion Press
ISBN: 1645464857
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Does our life depend on our action and decision? How does love happen? Why do we love someone? What happens when you fall in love? That too, in college, which is supposed to be the best time of one's life? When love happens, how does it feel? This is the story of Vijay Singh who came to Bangalore to become an engineer. He was enjoying his college life, he was doing crazy things in college, and he was happy with that. Vijay wanted to have a girlfriend in engineering college. Somehow, he got a girlfriend, and after 12 months, he was admitted to a hospital and thought that he would be alive for some time. How did Vijay get in there? What were the events that led to this? It’s a love story that makes us question about our self, our decision, thought and society, beliefs about ourselves and our concept of life. The Mistake - A True Love Story forces us to believe that life is priceless, and We are only responsible for our actions, and we don’t know which actions will make our lives happy and which ones will destroy our lives.

Union Street

Union Street Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Pat Barker
Editor: Virago
ISBN: 0349009228
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Vivid, bawdy and bitter' (The Times), Pat Barker's first novel shows the women of Union Street, young and old, meeting the harsh challeges of poverty and survival in a precarious world. There's Kelly, at eleven, neglected and independent, dealing with a squalid rape; Dinah, knocking on sixty and still on the game; Joanne, not yet twenty, not yet married, and already pregnant; Old Alice, welcoming her impending death; Muriel helplessly watching the decline of her stoical husband. And linking them all, watching over them all, mother to half the street, is fiery, indomitable Iris.

Man with a Seagull on His Head

Man with a Seagull on His Head Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Harriet Paige
Editor: Biblioasis
ISBN: 1771962402
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There is nothing interesting about Ray Eccles. He knows it himself. On the morning of his fortieth birthday, he goes for a walk because he’s just learned of a dormant Second World War explosive offshore, and he’s the kind of man who thinks a bomb might be good company. As he gazes at the sea, a woman in the distance suddenly turns to face him—and a dying seagull falls from the sky, knocking him unconscious. When Ray wakes up, he’s inexplicably compelled to paint the woman’s image, obsessively and repeatedly: initially on any paper he can find in his house, and thereafter on the walls, using any materials that come to hand, including food and bodily fluids. Discovered by a power couple of Outsider Art, he becomes one of the most celebrated artists of the century, and soon even small-town newspapers are covering his work—which is how Jennifer, the woman on the beach, discovers she’s the subject of the paintings that have set the world on fire, leading her to wonder if a man she’s never met is the only person who has ever really seen her. Man with a Seagull on His Head is a novel about the impossibility of ever really knowing anyone, and the electric charge that comes from real if unexpected connection. Beautiful, lyrical, and strangely moving, it heralds a wonderful and original new voice.

A Very British Ending

A Very British Ending Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Edward Wilson
Editor: Arcadia Books
ISBN: 1910050733
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An MI6 officer, haunted by the ghosts of an SS atrocity, kills a Nazi war criminal in the ruins of a U-boot bunker. The German turns out to be a CIA asset being rat-lined to South America.As a hungry Britain freezes in the winter of 1947, a young cabinet minister negotiates a deal with Moscow trading Rolls-Royce jet engines for cattle fodder and wood. Both have made powerful enemies with long memories. The fates of the two men become entwined as one rises through MI6 and the other to Downing Street. It is the mid-1970s and a coup d'etat is imminent.A Very British Ending is the Wolf Hall of power games in modern Britain. Senior MI6 officers, Catesby and Bone, try to outwit a cabal of plotters trying to overthrow the Prime Minister. The author once again reveals the dark underside of the Secret State on both sides of the Atlantic.

Compelling Evidence

Compelling Evidence Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Steve Martini
Editor: Penguin
ISBN: 1101563931
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The first “engrossing”(Entertainment Weekly) legal thriller in the New York Times bestselling Paul Madriani series! Defense attorney Paul Madriani was on the rise with the California law firm of Potter, Skarpellos—until a short-lived affair with Potter's wife, Talia, cost him his job. A year later, when Talia is accused of Potter’s murder Paul is thrust back into the big time—and he soon uncovers secrets that may end his career...and his life.

The Gangs of Birmingham

The Gangs of Birmingham Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Philip Gooderson
Editor: Milo Books Ltd
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In the early 1870s, the boomtown of Birmingham erupted in a series of vicious gang wars. Mobs of youths armed with stones, knives and belt buckles fought pitched battles in a struggle for territorial supremacy. Known as "sloggers", they drew their numbers from the workshops and factories that made guns, nails and jewellery, and lived cheek-by-jowl in overcrowded, insanitary slums. Author Philip Gooderson traces the history of these warring factions from their first appearance in the Cheapside area to the later rise of the "peaky blinders", new gangs named for their peaked caps and long fringes. He describes for the first time the brutal antics of once-infamous fighters such as the Simpson and Harper brothers and the police killer George "Cloggy" Williams, and explains the eventual demise of the gangs at the turn of the century. The Gangs of Birmingham brings to vivid life a forgotten chapter in the history of British gangland.

Common People

Common People Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Kit de Waal
Editor: Unbound Publishing
ISBN: 1783527471
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Working-class stories are not always tales of the underprivileged and dispossessed. Common People is a collection of essays, poems and memoir written in celebration, not apology: these are narratives rich in barbed humour, reflecting the depth and texture of working-class life, the joy and sorrow, the solidarity and the differences, the everyday wisdom and poetry of the woman at the bus stop, the waiter, the hairdresser. Here, Kit de Waal brings together thirty-three established and emerging writers who invite you to experience the world through their eyes, their voices loud and clear as they reclaim and redefine what it means to be working class. Features original pieces from Damian Barr, Malorie Blackman, Lisa Blower, Jill Dawson, Louise Doughty, Stuart Maconie, Chris McCrudden, Lisa McInerney, Paul McVeigh, Daljit Nagra, Dave O’Brien, Cathy Rentzenbrink, Anita Sethi, Tony Walsh, Alex Wheatle and more.

Ska'd for Life

Ska'd for Life Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Horace Panter
Editor: Pan Macmillan
ISBN: 0330508210
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As bass player with the Specials, in his second-hand suit and pork pie hat, Horace Panter was a member of one of the most innovative and exciting bands to come snarling out of the punk era. Founded by Jerry Damners, their fusion of punk, reggae and ska created a new musical fashion, spearheaded by their own record label Two Tone. They stood for unity and racial harmony in a polarised society. They even got British men dancing again. In Ska'd for Life Horace takes the reader on a musical odyssey with the Specials from their early days on Coventry's punk circuit to chart storming success with singles like 'Too Much Too Young' and the eerily prescient 'Ghost Town', released as the race riots saw Toxteth and Brixton go up in flames. Written with wry humour, taking an affectionate look at a band whose sublime music remains influential today, this is a must for all Specials fans. 'I found myself laughing out loud whilst revisiting some long forgotten memories . . . It was a fantastic journey and I thank Horace for sharing it' Lynval Golding

The Location of Culture

The Location of Culture Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Homi K. Bhabha
Editor: Routledge
ISBN: 1136751033
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Rethinking questions of identity, social agency and national affiliation, Bhabha provides a working, if controversial, theory of cultural hybridity - one that goes far beyond previous attempts by others. In The Location of Culture, he uses concepts such as mimicry, interstice, hybridity, and liminality to argue that cultural production is always most productive where it is most ambivalent. Speaking in a voice that combines intellectual ease with the belief that theory itself can contribute to practical political change, Bhabha has become one of the leading post-colonial theorists of this era.


Natives Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Akala
Editor: Two Roads
ISBN: 1473661242
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SHORTLISTED FOR THE JAMES TAIT BLACK PRIZE | THE JHALAK PRIZE | THE BREAD AND ROSES AWARD & LONGLISTED FOR THE ORWELL PRIZE FOR POLITICAL WRITING 'This is the book I've been waiting for - for years. It's personal, historical, political, and it speaks to where we are now' Benjamin Zephaniah 'I recommend Natives to everyone' Candice Carty-Williams 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, Nativesspeaks 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. Natives is the searing modern polemic and Sunday Times bestseller from the BAFTA and MOBO award-winning musician and political commentator, Akala. 'The kind of disruptive, aggressive intellect that a new generation is closely watching' Afua Hirsch, Observer 'Part biography, part polemic, this powerful, wide-ranging study picks apart the British myth of meritocracy' David Olusoga, Guardian 'Inspiring' Madani Younis, Guardian 'Lucid, wide-ranging' John Kerrigan, TLS 'A potent combination of autobiography and political history which holds up a mirror to contemporary Britain' Independent 'Trenchant and highly persuasive' Metro 'A history lesson of the kind you should get in school but don't' Stylist

Global Economic History: A Very Short Introduction

Global Economic History: A Very Short Introduction Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Robert C. Allen
Editor: OUP Oxford
ISBN: 019162053X
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Global Economic History: A Very Short Introduction by Robert C. Allen Summary

Why are some countries rich and others poor? In 1500, the income differences were small, but they have grown dramatically since Columbus reached America. Since then, the interplay between geography, globalization, technological change, and economic policy has determined the wealth and poverty of nations. The industrial revolution was Britain's path breaking response to the challenge of globalization. Western Europe and North America joined Britain to form a club of rich nations by pursuing four polices-creating a national market by abolishing internal tariffs and investing in transportation, erecting an external tariff to protect their fledgling industries from British competition, banks to stabilize the currency and mobilize domestic savings for investment, and mass education to prepare people for industrial work. Together these countries pioneered new technologies that have made them ever richer. Before the Industrial Revolution, most of the world's manufacturing was done in Asia, but industries from Casablanca to Canton were destroyed by western competition in the nineteenth century, and Asia was transformed into 'underdeveloped countries' specializing in agriculture. The spread of economic development has been slow since modern technology was invented to fit the needs of rich countries and is ill adapted to the economic and geographical conditions of poor countries. A few countries - Japan, Soviet Russia, South Korea, Taiwan, and perhaps China - have, nonetheless, caught up with the West through creative responses to the technological challenge and with Big Push industrialization that has achieved rapid growth through investment coordination. Whether other countries can emulate the success of East Asia is a challenge for the future. ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.


Croak Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Gina Damico
Editor: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
ISBN: 0547822561
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Fed up with her wild behavior, sixteen-year-old Lex’s parents ship her off to upstate New York to live with her Uncle Mort for the summer, hoping that a few months of dirty farm work will whip her back into shape. But Uncle Mort’s true occupation is much dirtier than shoveling manure. He’s a Grim Reaper. And he’s going to teach Lex the family business. She quickly assimilates into the peculiar world of Croak, a town populated by reapers who deliver souls from this life to the next. But Lex can’t stop her desire for justice—or is it vengeance?—whenever she encounters a murder victim, craving to stop the attackers before they can strike again. Will she ditch Croak and go rogue with her reaper skills?

My Name Is Leon

My Name Is Leon Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Kit de Waal
Editor: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 1501117475
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“Taut, emotionally intense, and wholly believable, this beautiful and uplifting debut” (Kirkus Reviews) about a young black boy’s quest to reunite with his beloved white half-brother after they are separated in foster care is a sparkling novel perfect for fans of The Language of Flowers. Leon loves chocolate bars, Saturday morning cartoons, and his beautiful, golden-haired baby brother. When Jake is born, Leon pokes his head in the crib and says, “I’m your brother. Big brother. My. Name. Is. Leon. I am eight and three quarters. I am a boy.” Jake will play with no one but Leon, and Leon is determined to save him from any pain and earn that sparkling baby laugh every chance he can. But Leon isn’t in control of this world where adults say one thing and mean another. When their mother falls victim to her inner demons, strangers suddenly take Jake away; after all, a white baby is easy to adopt, while a half-black, nine-year-old faces a less certain fate. Vowing to get Jake back by any means necessary, Leon’s own journey will carry him through the lives of a doting but ailing foster mother, Maureen; Maureen’s cranky and hilarious sister, Sylvia; a social worker Leon knows only as “The Zebra”; and a colorful community of local gardeners and West Indian political activists. Told through the perspective of young Leon, too innocent to entirely understand what has happened to him and baby Jake, but determined to do what he can to make things right. In the end, this is an uplifting story about the power of love, the unbreakable bond between brothers, and the truth about what ultimately makes a family. My Name Is Leon will capture your imagination and steal your heart with its “moving exploration of race and the foster-care system that offers precious insight into the mind of a child forced to grow up well before his time” (Booklist).

Racism and the Press

Racism and the Press Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Teun A. van Dijk
Editor: Routledge
ISBN: 1317403843
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Racism and the Press by Teun A. van Dijk Summary

Originally published in 1991. This book presents the results of an interdisciplinary study of the press coverage of ethnic affairs. Examples are drawn mainly from British and Dutch newspapers, but data from other countries are also reviewed. Besides providing the reader with a thorough content analysis of the material, the book is the first to introduce a detailed discourse analytical approach to the study of the ways in which ethnic minorities are portrayed in the press. The approach focuses on the topics, overall news report schemata, local meanings, style and rhetoric of news reports. Highly original, accomplished and penetrating, the book is the fruit of a decade of research into the question of racism and the press, important for ethnic studies, mass communication and media studies, sociology and linguistics.

Notos Öykü 84 - Türkçe Rap'in Sesleri

Notos Öykü 84 - Türkçe Rap'in Sesleri Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Kolektif
Editor: Notos Kitap Yayıncılık Eğitim Danışmanlık ve Sanal Hizmetler Tic. Ltd. Şti.
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TÜRKÇE RAP’İN SESLERİ ŞİİR, MÜZİK, SİYASET • Fatih Balkış ile Söyleşi: “Yazarız ama okunmayız...” • Clifford Endres ile Edouard Roditi Üstüne Söyleşi • Michel Houellebecq: Hayatta Kalmak, Canlı Kalmak • Fadime Uslu: Öykünün Gözü Kulağı Notos Ocak-Şubat, 84. sayısında Türkçe Rap’e yöneliyor. Sözlü kültür, müzik, edebiyat arasındaki etkileşimin son yirmi yıldaki en önemli verimi, Almanya ve ABD’deki hip hop ve rap kültürüyle köklenip gelişen ve kendine has bir müzik kültürü oluşturan Türkçe Rap oldu. Türkçe Rap’i şiirle bağları, müzikal özellikleri, söylem biçimleri, tarihi ve siyaseti üzerinden ele alan bu dosyada Begüm Kovulmaz, Tunç “Turbo” Dindaş, Deniz Durukan ve Ayşecan Aral’ın yazıları, Selin Çınar, Onur Aşkın, Turbo ve Seda Mit’in illüstrasyonları yer alıyor. Fuat, Çağrı Sinci, Kayra, Ağaçkakan, Da Poet ve Ethnique Punch “Şiirden Liriğe, Ozandan MC’ye: Türkçe Rap’in Sesleri” soruşturmasına yanıtlarıyla katkıda bulunuyor. Notos’un bu sayısında Yerçekimi, Fars, Baht Dönüşü ve Karaçam Ormanı’nda romanlarının yazarı Fatih Balkış ile romanları, okuma serüveni, yayıncılık dünyası ve son kitabı Monograflar üstüne bir söyleşi yer alıyor. Notos’un ikinci söyleşisi Edouard Roditi ve İstanbul Avangardı makalesiyle Roditi’nin Türkiye ve Avrupa edebiyatındaki eşsiz mirasını tekrar gündeme getiren Clifford Endres ile. Aganta bölümünde günümüz edebiyat dünyasına ve güncel kitaplara dair yazılarıyla Başak Bingöl Yüce, Alper Güngör, Deniz Gündoğan İbrişim, Senem Utku, Pınarnaz Eren, denemeleriyle Gökhan Yavuz Demir ve Oğuz Tecimen yer alıyor. Bir Yazarın Seçtikleri bölümünde Ferruh Tunç okurların ve yazarların okumasını zorunlu gördüğü kitapları, Ahmet Tulgar ise en çok etkilendiği yazarı nedenleriyle birlikte Notos’a anlatıyor. İlker Karakaş ve Burçin Tetik kısa sorulara kısa yanıtlarla kendi yazarlık serüvenlerini ve yayımlanan son kitaplarını anlatıyor. Foto-Yazı bölümünde Bülent Çallı’nın fotoğrafını Judith Malika Liberman kısa bir masalla yorumluyor. Notos’un bu sayısında öyküleriyle yer alan yazarlar: Felisberto Hernández, Mehmet Mümtaz Tuzcu, Roni Margulies, Demet Aksu, Cihan Çakan, Gamze Efe, Osman Gür, İbrahim Halil Çelik, Cem Alptekin, Gülay Gökçen. Notos Ocak-Şubat 2021, 84 #NotosKitap #NotosÖyküDergisi

Black Handsworth

Black Handsworth Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Kieran Connell
Editor: Univ of California Press
ISBN: 0520971957
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Black Handsworth by Kieran Connell Summary

In 1980s Britain, while the country failed to reckon with the legacies of its empire, a black, transnational sensibility was emerging in its urban areas. In Handsworth, an inner-city neighborhood of Birmingham, black residents looked across the Atlantictoward African and Afro-Caribbean social and political cultures and drew upon them while navigating the inequalities of their locale. For those of the Windrush generation and their British-born children, this diasporic inheritance became a core influence on cultural and political life. Through rich case studies, including photographic representations of the neighborhood, Black Handsworth takes readers inside pubs, churches, political organizations, domestic spaces, and social clubs to shed light on the experiences and everyday lives of black residents during this time. The result is a compelling and sophisticated study of black globality in the making of post-colonial Britain.