Stormzy's book club

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The British rapper and curator of publishing imprint #Merky Books shares some of his most loved reads

By Stormzy   Sunday 29 March, 2020   Short read

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Award-winning Grime artist Stormzy has changed the UK’s music scene with his sound, and now hopes to do the same with his imprint #Merky Books, which is garnering acclaim in the literary world for its curated line-up of established and new generation authors.

From classic fiction to personal poems, these are the books that have shaped him.

Noughts & Crosses
by Malorie Blackman
“Malorie Blackman is an incredible, renowned, accomplished author and a childhood hero of mine. The Noughts & Crosses series are still my favourite books of all time and showed me just how amazing storytelling could be. I think I speak for thousands of people all over the country (and the world) when I say we appreciate you and all your work, Malorie Blackman.” 

Bone by Yrsa Daley-Ward
“This is the debut poetry collection by one of Britain’s best writers. It is honest, unflinching and unforgettable.” 

Taking Up Space: The Black Girl’s Manifesto For Change by Chelsea Kwakye and Ore Ogunbiyi
“A powerful and empowering exploration of the lack of diversity in the higher education system and what it says about society today by two incredibly talented young Cambridge graduates.” 

Another Day In The Death Of America by Gary Younge
“This is a heartbreaking look at the lives of 10 people killed by guns on a single day in America in 2013. Gary Younge is one of the best journalists in the world, and this is a book that everyone should read.”

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