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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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Awesome
February 26th, 2015
This was a great book beginning to end, the life of the ancestors of our black citizens , the hardships, the injustice, and pure animalistic way they were treated while still carrying on as normal a family life as possible is well portrayed. I started to watch the series but wanted to read the book first as I find I usually enjoy the written version much more and I wasn't disappointed
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The Book of Negroes
February 23rd, 2015
Every person alive should read this book. Athough some charactors are fictional it is evident that it is the real story of so many. This is the most captivating, intense read in a long time
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Great read
February 18th, 2015
I enjoyed this story, it had ups and downs and everything in between. Makes me sad to realize that this story is part of our history :'(
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Great book !
February 1st, 2015
Once I started reading, I could not stop. It opened my eyes to a part of Canadian history that I never knew about. I really enjoyed the book and it made me want to read and learn more about black Canadian history.
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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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1 of 2 people found this helpful
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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The Book of Negroes
November 18th, 2014
A great piece of historical fiction!!
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3 of 3 people found this helpful
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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The Book of Negroes
July 26th, 2014
Excellent read. Although a work of fiction it relates well to historical facts. Makes the reader experience the degradation, humiliation and horrors of black slavery. A must read.
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Book of Negroes
July 24th, 2014
An Unbelievable Read. Couldn't put it down.
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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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