Saturday, 5 August 2017

BLOG TOUR: A Change is Gonna Come | #ChangeBook

It annoys me that the book in the photo is slightly off-centre so now I'm pointing it out to you. You can't un-see it. Sorry.

A Change is Gonna Come is a collection of stories and poems about change from twelve amazing BAME (Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic) writers. It is timely, aptly-titled, and one of the books of the year. Because a change is going to come - and this book's publication is another step towards that goal.

Celebrating the book's publication on 10th August, today is my stop on the blog tour, and because it'd be pretty difficult to talk about every single short story (though not impossible, and other bloggers have probably managed it - stop showing me up, guys) I'm going to talk about one short story in particular: We Who? by Nikesh Shukla.

We Who? deals with the tricky subject of political difference in close relationships, and realising that someone you thought was your best friend might not like you at all. It's a horrible situation, because what are you supposed to do when you know it's okay for people to have different opinions to yours, but also... that that opinion of theirs is literally against you and everyone you love? This story is relevant to everyone in one way or another.

Here's an extract:

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The book as a whole is so important and a step in the right direction. As well as Nikesh Shukla, contributors are Mary Bello, Aisha Bushby, Tanya Byrne, Inua Ellams, Catherine Johnson, Patrice Lawrence, Ayisha Malik, Irfan Master, Musa Okwonga, Yasmin Rahman, and Phoebe Roy, with a beautiful yellow cover designed by Lucy Banaji.

Byyyy the way, the author of this story is also the editor of Rife, ANOTHER anthology but this time by young people writing about the state of the world. I'm in it, writing about politics and voting and all that jazz. You can get it here. Really, you should get that and A Change is Gonna Come. Double the fun. ;)

What is your vision for change?

1 comment:

  1. I haven't read anything by this author before, but from the extract We Who sounds amazing! My vision for change is that all people should be treated well, regardless of race, religion or ability. Amy xx

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