April 2022 The Return of Faraz Ali by Aamina Ahmad  is a spellbinding debut set in Pakistan during the
anarchic late ’60s – a multi-layered tale of family, identity and the politics of power in a caste-ridden
society. As riots erupt on the streets of Lahore, Inspector Faraz returns to his birthplace, the red-light district in the ancient walled city where women still pass on the profession of courtesan to their daughters. Plucked from it as a small boy by his influential father, Faraz has kept his roots well hidden.

Children’s book We Sang across the Sea: The Empire Windrush and me by Benjamin Zephania provides a powerful and moving account of the voyage of HMT Empire Windrush in the form of a brand-new poem by national treasure Zephaniah. The hopes, dreams and bravery of the Windrush generation are expressed through the real-life experiences of Trinidadian musician, Mona Baptiste, accompanied by vivid illustrations. 

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February 22’s Indie Fiction Book of the Month is Black Cake, the debut novel by Charmaine Wilkerson, spans sixty years in the life of one family, telling the story of how an inheritance of betrayals, secrets, memories and names can shape a family for generations. Eleanor Bennett won’t let her death get in the way of the truth, so when her estranged children reunite for her funeral, they discover a puzzling inheritance – a voice recording detailing their family history and a traditional Caribbean black cake based on a family recipe with a long history that may heal the wounds of the past.

January 2022 Little Wing by Freya North

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Little Wing by Freya North is a compelling story of family secrets, courage and resilience, which moves between the story of a pregnant teenager sent to a remote part of the UK in the 1960s, and Nell and Dougie, whose lives collide in the early millennium as secrets surface and answers are sought, all against the backdrop of The Isle of Harris.