A Change Is Gonna Come
by Various Authors
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Pub Date 10 Aug 2017 | Archive Date 10 Aug 2017
Little Tiger Group, Stripes Publishing
Featuring top Young Adult authors and introducing a host of exciting new voices, this anthology of stories and poetry from BAME writers on the theme of change is a long-overdue addition to the YA scene.
Contributors include Tanya Byrne, Inua Ellams, Catherine Johnson, Patrice Lawrence, Ayisha Malik, Irfan Master, Musa Okwonga and Nikesh Shukla.
Plus introducing four fresh new voices in YA fiction: Mary Bello, Aisha Bushby, Yasmin Rahman and Phoebe Roy.
'One day I want to take the representation of BAME voices in YA for granted. I want every young person to find their reflection in a book and discover themselves through fiction. Bold and inspiring, this book leads the way.' - Mariam Khan, blogger and host of #FeminismInYA
'From start to finish, the anthology has been a true delight to read. From larger-scale politics to individual battles, dystopia to history, anger to love, the collection houses an inspirational collection of voices - all of which are bound by the same energy and vigour, the same desire to bring about something new.' - Pooja Puri, author of The Jungle
'This anthology is a veritable treasure trove of talent, featuring both present and future YA stars. With stories that are by turns heart-warming, thought-provoking and unsettling, A Change Is Gonna Come has something for everyone. I highly recommend this book.' - Cat Clarke, author of Girlhood
'Eclectic in genre, emotion and style, but united by theme and brilliance, A Change Is Gonna Come is one of the best anthologies for young adults out there.' - Wei Ming Kam, contributor to The Good Immigrant and co-founder of BAME in Publishing
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Unusually for a collection of short stories I loved every single one. I liked that some were about the BAME experience but mostly loved that all were so incredibly well written. My list of authors to look out for just grew incredibly
Excellent book of short stories featuring authors from BAME backgrounds. A particular favourite of mine was Hackney Moon by Tanya Byrne which is about a young lesbian girl and her experience of early love. It melds a poetic and gritty voice together to make something beautiful. A must read.
This is a book that was needed in the world. As the Goodreads synopsis says, it was long-overdue. I agree with this statement completely.
I loved the way it was structured with the two poems at the start and the end to frame it. I loved the stories in it, the beautiful story about a blind man saving the world with help of mysterious letters to a future boy, the wonderful one about two Muslim girls facing a bus ride to school after a big terrorist attack and how they both deal with it. There were just so many amazing stories in this book. There are two many to mention and I could say good things about every single one of them, but if I did then I would run out of space in this review.
The main thing I think to say is that every single author in this book contributed a brilliant story from a different perspective and they came together to make something that the world has needed for a long, long time.
This is a book that everyone should read. And I hope everyone is as touched by the stories as I was.
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