Fancy a New Year’s Resolution that’s easy to stick to? How about making 2022 the year of broadening your horizons by reading more widely.

Throughout the year Manchester Libraries will be shining a spotlight on some fabulous titles by authors of colour, highlighting the best voices recently published in the UK.

Our headline novel is A More Perfect Union. This breathtaking, romantic debut novel by Tammye Huf, is based on the true story of the author’s great-great grandparents.

Over the coming year we’ll be championing this book, focussing on it with regular tweets and promotions. In addition, we’ll be adding monthly recommendations for other great reads, chosen from the 2021 Jhalak Prize and the Diverse Book Awards nominations.

Henry O’Toole sails to America to escape poverty and famine in Ireland, only to find anti-Irish prejudice awaiting him. Determined never to starve again, he changes his surname to Taylor and heads south to Virginia, where he can pick up work as a travelling blacksmith on the prosperous plantations.

Maple is a slave on Jubilee Plantation. Given to her half-sister as a wedding present by their father, she longs to return to her daughter and husband. When sassy house slave Sarah arrives, she sees her chance at last to be reunited with her own family.

Sarah has her own troubles. She has to learn to navigate the hierarchy of her fellow slaves as well as the power system of her new white masters, and now the mysterious blacksmith is promising her the world, and her freedom too.

WINNER OF THE DIVERSE BOOK AWARDS 2021

LONGLISTED FOR THE 2021 JHALAK PRIZE

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Extra copies of all the books featured will be available to borrow. If you’re part of a Manchester Libraries reading group and fancy giving any of them a go, get in touch for a book set by emailing christina.harrison@manchester.gov.uk

To check availability or reserve a copy for collection from your local library please access our catalogue here.