Tagged: Books

Nile Valley Contributions to Civilisation, Anthony Browder


An outstanding introduction to Egyptology, or as I can now say with profound understanding, ‘Kemet’. There was no ‘Egypt’ prior to the Greek use of the word ‘Egypt’, Africans referred to their land as Kemet, that is, the Black Land.
Browder presents a text that is concise, easy to access and simply marvellous. Africans, intellects and those of you with unbiased minds, consider the truth that Egypt, before it was named so, was the first important contribution to civilisation as we know it. Yes, black African kings, queens, scientists and mathematicians whose influences exist today. Share this text with pride.


Native Son, Richard Wright


Incredibly frustrating, yet impossible to put down. Yes, I was torn, torn between the unpleasant tale of the scurrilous brute Bigger Thomas, who murders the daughter from a rich white family, followed by an elaborate fast-paced plot to conceal his crime. The narrative worsens as Bigger goes on to murder his girlfriend, a young black girl, who he fears will reveal his doing. With exception to the first 30 pages, Wright creates an unbelievably encapsulating 1930s drama. Not a book I’d recommend for the faint hearted, and certainly not one suitable to the younger reader, however; credit where credit is due, Wright (as usual) writes with stunning effect.

A Clockwork Orange, Anthony Burgess


This book is simply genius. Burgess creates a unique piece of work that’s completely in a class of it’s own. The language is unique and richly entertaining. It’s a collection of odd, futuristic dystopian dialect. You’ll find yourself whilst reading this text (and after) making reference to ‘droogs’, ‘glazzies’ or ‘to tolchock a chelloveck in the kishkas’! My favourite of all though, is reserved for reference to the young ‘devotchkas.’
You’ve probably heard about this text through the famously banned film depicted by Stanley Kubrick. Luckily I wasn’t in the position of seeing the film before reading the book which allowed my encounter to be unbiased, without fear or favour. I will certainly read this again before I die! Recommended by the girlfriend…Well done, I say.