Books to begin ‘decolonising’ the English secondary curriculum

Author: Camille London-Miyo

Below is a selection of books by Global Majority Writers chosen by educators at the NEU Decolonising the Curriculum Conference in December 2019 

Participants who attended a workshop entitled “How to make the English Secondary Curriculum more relevant for the communities we seek to serve “ were asked to list texts written by Global Majority writers that they have used within the Curriculum from Key stage 2 to Key Stage 4. 

Our aim was to challenge and widen the resources available to English teachers within the reformed curriculum.  

Suggested titles: 

Under the Udala Trees  Chinelo Okparanta 
Half of a yellow sun Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie 
The God of Small things Arundhati Roy 
Things fall apart Chinua Achebe 
Arrow if God  Chinua Achebe 
No longer at ease Chinua Achebe 
The Rice Mother Rani Manicka 
A Small Place Jamaica Kincaid 
Purple Hibiscus Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie 
Telephone Conversation  Wole Soyinka  
Refugee mother and Child  Chinua Achebe  
Roll of thunder Mildred Taylor 
47 Walter Moseley 
Anita and Me Meera Syal 
City of Brass  S.A. Chakraborty 
The hate u give Angie Thomas 
The House on Mango Street  Sandra Cisneros 
That thing around your neck  Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie 
Buddha of Suburbia  Hanif Kureishi 
White Teeth  Zadie Smith  
David’s story  Zoe Wicomb 
The beautiful ones are not yet born   Ayi kwei armah 
Kite Runner  Khaled Hosseini 
A thousand splendid suns Khaled Hosseini 
I know why the caged birds sing  Maya Angelou 
Face  Benjamin Zephaniah 
The Lonely Londoners  Samuel Selvon 
Migritude Shailja Patel 
Everfair Nisi Shawl 
Friday Black Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah 
Children in blood and bone  Tomi Adeyemi 
River of Fire  Helen Prejean 
Noughts and Crosses  Malorie Blackman 
Brick Lane  Monica Ali 
Sea of Poppies  Amitav Ghosh 
River of Smoke  Amitav Ghosh 
Flood of Fire  Amitav Ghosh 
And the mountains echoed  Khaled Hosseini 
The bluest eye  Toni Morrison  
Their eyes were watching God  Zora Neale Hurston  
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