Natives: Race and Class in the Ruins of Empire by Akala
By Akala, John Murray, paperback, 352 pages
A searing modern polemic andSunday Timesbestseller 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,NATIVESwill 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.
'A potent combination of autobiography and political history which holds up a mirror to contemporary Britain' Independent 'Akala's singular voice speaks to us with deep wisdom about the past, righteous anger about the present, and stubborn hope about the future. He is a radical for our times.' Marcus Rediker, author of THE SLAVE SHIP: A HUMAN HISTORY
About the author:
Akala is an award-winning hip-hop artist, writer and social entrepreneur. More recently known for his compelling lectures and journalism - he has been awarded an honorary degree from Oxford Brookes University and the University of Brighton, written for the Guardian, Huffington Post and the Independent, and spoken for the Oxford Union and TEDx - Akala has gained a reputation as one of the most dynamic and articulate talents in the UK.