Recommended Reading – Equality & Diversity

Foreign Soil by Maxine Beneba Clarke

From a new voice in international fiction, a prize-winning collection of stories that cross the world–Africa, London, the West Indies, Australia–and express the global experience “with exquisite sensitivity” (Dave Eggers, author of The Circle).

In this collection of award-winning stories, Maxine Beneba Clarke gives voice to the disenfranchised, the lost, and the mistreated. Her stories will challenge you, move you, and change the way you view this complex world we inhabit.

Within these pages, a desperate asylum seeker is pacing the hallways of Sydney’s notorious Villawood detention centre; a seven-year-old Sudanese boy has found solace in a patchwork bike; an enraged black militant is on the war-path through the rebel squats of 1960s Brixton; a Mississippi housewife decides to make the ultimate sacrifice to save her son from small-town ignorance; a young woman leaves rural Jamaica in search of her destiny; and a Sydney schoolgirl loses her way.

In the bestselling tradition of novelists such as Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and Marlon James, this urgent, poetic, and essential work announces the arrival of a fresh and talented voice in international fiction.

All incredibly interesting stories! – David –

 

The Help by Kathryn Stockett

Enter a vanished and unjust world: Jackson, Mississippi, 1962. Where black maids raise white children, but aren’t trusted not to steal the silver …There’s Aibileen, raising her seventeenth white child and nursing the hurt caused by her own son’s tragic death; Minny, whose cooking is nearly as sassy as her tongue; and white Miss Skeeter, home from College, who wants to know why her beloved maid has disappeared. Skeeter, Aibileen and Minny. No one would believe they’d be friends; fewer still would tolerate it. But as each woman finds the courage to cross boundaries, they come to depend and rely upon one another. Each is in a search of a truth. And together they have an extraordinary story to tell …

https://www.lovereading.co.uk/book/16249/The-Help-by-Kathryn-Stockett.html

This is a very easy to read book which I thoroughly enjoyed. The characters come to life quickly and their lives and how they entwine are fascinating. This is a very thought-provoking book to read which I would recommend. – Paula –

 

A Good Time to be a Girl by Helena Morrissey

In A Good Time to be a Girl, Helena Morrissey sets out how we might achieve the next big breakthrough towards a truly inclusive modern society.

Drawing on her experience as a City CEO, mother of nine, and founder of the influential 30% Club which campaigns for gender-balanced UK company boards, her manifesto for new ways of working, living, loving and raising families is for everyone, not just women. Making a powerful case for diversity and difference in any workplace, she shows how, together, we can develop smarter thinking and broader definitions of success. Gender balance, in her view, is an essential driver of economic prosperity and part of the solution to the many problems we face today.

Her approach is not aimed merely at training a few more women in working practices that have outlived their usefulness. Instead, this book sets out a way to reinvent the game – not at the expense of men but in ways that are right and relevant for a digital age. It is a powerful guide to success for us all.

 

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time Paperback –by Mark Haddon

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time is a murder mystery novel like no other. The detective, and narrator, is Christopher Boone. Christopher is fifteen and has Asperger’s Syndrome. He knows a very great deal about maths and very little about human beings. He loves lists, patterns and the truth. He hates the colours yellow and brown and being touched. He has never gone further than the end of the road on his own, but when he finds a neighbour’s dog murdered he sets out on a terrifying journey which will turn his whole world upside down.

 

The Hen Who Dreamed She Could Fly – Sun-Mi Hwang

This is the story of a hen named Sprout. No longer content to lay eggs on command, only to have them carted off to the market, she glimpses her future every morning through the barn doors, where the other animals roam free, and comes up with a plan to escape into the wild–and to hatch an egg of her own.

A prayer for freedom, individuality and motherhood featuring a plucky, spirited heroine who rebels against the tradition-bound world of the barnyard. Join her as she escapes the coup and meets Straggler, Greentop and the weasel.

There are many similarities of her adventure with life for us humans. There are animals that don’t fit in and are the odd ones out, there are the boastful animals and also the born leaders. There are also the animals you cannot trust and those who are two-faced and full of themselves.

This book makes you think a lot about seeing life through others eyes – Denise-

 

 

 

Wonder – RJ Palacio

Wonder is a novel written by celebrated children’s writer RJ Palacio. August or Auggie is a young ten-year-old boy who has been born with an incredible facial abnormality. He is a normal young kid who eats ice cream and plays on his Xbox but his abnormality drives other children away on roads and on playgrounds. Owing to his abnormality, his parents have him home-schooled till the age of ten. But now Auggie must go to school, a real one at that, with other children. August dreads his first day in school and the book talks about his trials and trepidations. The book is a children’s book that can be enjoyed in one sitting. Like most children’s books the language is simple and Palacio creates a mark with his debut children’s book in the genre. Palacio’s language is simple and easy to understand. The story is gripping and very touching. About a boy with a facial abnormality the book can touch the chords of many and is selling like hot cakes. The book talks about August’s interactions with his parents, other children and about how he faces school despite his abnormality. The book can be read by children upwards the age of ten and is recommended by teachers for parents to read to their children. It creates in children a compassion for those who are less fortunate and talks about the normalcy that is innate in us and that makes us human despite our differences.

In 2018, this book was also made into a hit movie starring Julia Roberts, Owen Wilson, Jacob Tremblay, Mandy Patinkin and Daveed Diggs