Title: Someone Knows My Name
Authors: Hill, Lawrence
Genre: Fiction
Pages: 534
Year: 2008
Language: English
Description: Aminata is twelve when she is kidnapped by slave traders from a village in Africa. Decades later, now an old woman, she recounts the story of her life. It is an epic journey encompassing three continents, plantation life, the Revolutionary War, a return to Africa and culminates with Aminata testifying in London to the Parliamentary Committee on the Slave Trade. With its historically accurate details and cast of vivid characters, this saga is a deeply moving exposé of slavery and the struggle for abolition. Winner of the 2008 Commonwealth Writers' Prize. [Big read}

Comments from Groups:

Provoked comments about race situations today, also about the history of those slaves who worked for the British and went to Canada, then Sierra Leone. Auckland 223

Beautifully written. A sad story but not depressing. What a resilient Heroine. Enjoyed by most of the group, including male members. Matamata 003

We all enjoyed the book. Unusual, easy style of writing and good discussion questions and author commentary. Whangarei 008

Most people found this story to be very informative and harrowing in parts but always hopeful. Well written and held our interest. A wonderful woman! Akaroa 001

Everyone loved the book. Best book we have read in book club. Ashburton 020

Categories: Fiction, Big Read, Award Winner, Culture/Ethnic/Racial, Historical, Human Rights, USA, Africa, What's Hot


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