Bookshelfie: Afua Hirsch

Recently named as one of the most influential people of African heritage in the UK, Afua Hirsch takes us on a journey through the books that have shaped her.


Afua Hirsch is a writer, broadcaster and author. Her book Brit(ish): On Race, Identity and Belonging was published in 2018 and became a Sunday Times bestseller, kickstarting a national conversation about what it means to grow up a person of colour in the UK. She had previously been the legal correspondent and West Africa correspondent for The Guardian newspaper, Social Affairs Editor at Sky News, and a barrister. More recently Afua has presented numerous TV and radio documentaries, written a children’s book about the UK’s first female supreme court judge and started her own fashion brand.

 

Afua’s book choices are: 

** Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison 

** Girl, Woman, Other by Bernardine Evaristo 

** Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozie Adiche 

** The Warmth of Other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson 

** Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys 



Every week, join journalist and author Yomi Agedoke, and inspirational guests, including Elizabeth Day, Sara Pascoe and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie as they celebrate the best books written by women. The Women’s Prize for Fiction is one of the most prestigious literary awards in the world, and has been running for over 25 years, and this series will offer unique access to the shortlisted authors and the 2021 Prize winner. 


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