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Lawrence Hill’s nationally bestselling novel has garnered praise and awards around the world. The Book of Negroes has won the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize, the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize and CBC Canada Reads, among many others. Lawrence Hill-and his remarkable character Aminata Diallo-have become household names throughout Canada.

Readers will follow the story of Aminata, an unforgettable heroine who cut a swath through an 18th-century world hostile to her colour and her sex. Abducted as an eleven-year-old child from her village in West Africa and put to work on an indigo plantation on the sea islands of South Carolina, Aminata survives by using midwifery skills learned at her mother’s side, and by drawing on a strength of character inherited from both parents. Eventually, she has the chance to register her name in the “Book of Negroes,” a historic British military ledger allowing 3,000 Black Loyalists passage on ships sailing from Manhattan to Nova Scotia.

This remarkable novel transports the reader from an African village to a plantation in the southern United States, from a soured refuge in Nova Scotia to the coast of Sierra Leone, in a back-to-Africa odyssey of 1,200 former slaves. Bringing vividly to life one of the strongest female characters in recent fiction, Lawrence Hill’s remarkable novel has become a Canadian classic.

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The Book of Negroes
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Amazing!
January 27th, 2015
such an interesting part of history we don' t often hear about. I had no idea so many slaves were brought to Canada after being in the U.S.A.
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The Book of Negroes
January 21st, 2015
Kept you on your toes. Exciting. Well written. Hard to believe that their lives were in so much jeopardy
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Gripping
January 12th, 2015
This book was amazing. I was so drawn in I couldn't put it down. Historically educational, and so incredibly emotional. I find myself still thinking about it weeks after I've read it.
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This hurts
January 11th, 2015
I've only read the preview and the pain and the tears have started already. Where is our humanity when these and worse atrocities continue still, this very day?
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The Book of Negroes
January 7th, 2015
Love love love. I am sure that this will not be the last time I read what I am sure will be a classic. Inspirational story about a woman who refuses to be defeated, regardless of the extremely situations that she finds her path has taken her. Love that was lost would never hold her from her goal of achieving her ultimate goal of freedom. Meena has the strength of a hundreds. Haven't cried over a book as much as this one. Lawrence Hill is a genius.
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Unforgettable
November 12th, 2014
I knew this book wouldn't be an "easy" read due to its subject matter, but I was surprised to find it a very readable and emotional page-turner as well as an important piece of history. Aminata's journey is devastating and unforgettable. This book can't be praised enough.
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Yes!
November 1st, 2014
The tone of this book is so captivating and consistent. It’s incredible that a man wrote it in a woman’s warm, colourful voice. The story is immense and thought-provoking. I particularly liked what I learned about the slave trade because of the book’s strong foundation in fact.
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The Book of Negroes
November 1st, 2014
Excellent reading! Five stars!
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The Book of Negroes
October 3rd, 2014
Very informative reading. Hard to put down.
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Beautiful tale
August 12th, 2014
I cannot believe it took me this long to finally read this book. Beautify written, yet gripping tale and left me wondering, yet again, why humans do not learn from our mistakes.
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Completely recommend it.
June 3rd, 2014
This book had me hooked from beginning to end.
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The Book of Negroes
June 1st, 2014
Totally enjoyed this book. Highly recommend this book.
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Wow! So well written
May 20th, 2014
I have has this book in my library for more than a couple of years and before that always intended to read it but never committing to buying it.. I'm sad that it too me so long to get to it but it was so worth the wait.. The characters are so well written and I always wanted to know what was coming on the next page.
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Book of Negros
May 18th, 2014
Man is very crule, but the book was awsome.
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Book of negroes
April 12th, 2014
Heartbreaking tale.....how cruel man can be. Excellent read
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January 25th, 2014
Amazing read. You feel like you are there and can't put it down. Loved it!!!
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January 23rd, 2014
One of my most memorable books I've ever read, so personal and deep, a history lesson in itself, an amazing book.
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Page Turner!
December 15th, 2013
Could not put it down. I felt every surprise, horror, uplifting, defiant, hopeful feeling that the character went through and appreciated the semi factual accounts from this stain in our history.
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Well worth the read.....
December 9th, 2013
A gripping story that reveals the injustices inflicted on our fellow man in the perpetration of the slave trade as told through the life story of Aminata Diallo, who as a child of 11 was taken from her home in Africa & transported to a life as a slave in 17th century America. Through her unwavering desire to return to her homeland, we learn of the unconscionable brutality that she faced throughout her life but how she still managed to live and love with dignity and grace overcoming her oppressors and becoming an inspiration to blacks & whites alike in the fight to abolish slavery in the early 18th century.
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The best story I've ever read.
December 1st, 2013
I'm worried now that I'll never read another book better than this one. So appropriate at this point in my life with all the references to midwifery, although with post partum hormones still lingering this story evoked some strong emotions. An incredible story and beautiful writing. Everyone should read this book.
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