Book of Negroes by Lawrence Hill

Kim Burgsma of Goderich ON recommends the Book of Negroes by Lawrence Hill
The Book of Negroes
Name of publisher: HarperCollins

Genre: Historical Fiction

About the book:

The story of a young girls journey from Africa to the America’s and Europe and back home to Africa. Her story of slavery is riveting, and her journey out is full of triumph.

How did you find out about the book?

It’s had great media reviews.


What did you like about it?

I loved how the author, being male, was able to write this girls story in the first person, and I truly believed her thoughts and emotions. (If he’s that in tune with his wife, they must have an incredible marriage!)


Who do you think would most benefit from reading this book?


Where can others find it?

Any book store or

Any other comments?

This book made me embarrassed to be white and reminded me to pray for racism as it still exists today.

Thanks for the recommendation, Kim! I’ve heard the name of this book in media circles but never stopped long enough to read a review.



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One thought on “Book of Negroes by Lawrence Hill

  1. I read this book about three months ago. It gives incredible detail about the life of African villagers from their own social structure and differences to the horror of the men who came from the sea to carry them away, and of the terrors of the strange world they were thrust into. The story is told through the voice of a young girl. We travel with her through the different stages of her life and observe her intelligence which ultimately wins her a voice in the British Parliament and the respect she deserves as a human being.
    PS I heard a discussion on CBC last week. The book is to be made into a movie.

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