The Sunday Times bestseller on race and class in the UK, from the MOBO award-winning musician Akala
'My book of the year. It's personal, historical, political, and it speaks to where we are now. This is the book I've been waiting for - for years' Benjamin Zephaniah
'A potent combination of autobiography and political history which holds up a mirror to contemporary Britain' Independent
'A history lesson of the kind you should get in school, but don't' Stylist
'Powerful ... The kind of disruptive, aggressive intellect that a new generation is closely watching' Afua Hirsch, Guardian
'Part biography, part polemic, this powerful, wide-ranging study picks apart the British myth of meritocracy' David Olusoga, Guardian
'Inspiring' Madani Younis, Observer
'lucid, wide-ranging' John Kerrigan, TLS
A searing modern polemic and Sunday Times bestseller from the BAFTA- and MOBO award-winning musician and political commentator, Akala. From the first time he was stopped and searched as a child, to the day he realised his mum was white, to his first encounters with racist teachers - race and class have shaped Akala's life and outlook. In this unique book he takes his own experiences and widens them out to look at the social, historical and political factors that have left us where we are today.
Covering everything from the police, education and identity to politics, sexual objectification and the far right, NATIVES will speak directly to British denial and squeamishness when it comes to confronting issues of race and class that are at the heart of the legacy of Britain's racialised empire.
'Akala's singular voice speaks to us with deep wisdom about the past, righteous anger about the present, and stubborn hope about the future. He is a radical for our times.' Marcus Rediker, author of THE SLAVE SHIP: A HUMAN HISTORY
Part biography, part polemic, this powerful, wide-ranging study picks apart the British myth of meritocracy - Guardian
The kind of disruptive, aggressive intellect that a new generation is closely watching
A potent combination of autobiography and political history which holds up a mirror to contemporary Britain - Independent
A history lesson of the kind you should get in school but don't - Stylist
Raised in London, Akala is a BAFTA / MOBO award-winning hip hop artist, writer and social entrepreneur. In 2009, he co-founded The Hip-Hop Shakespeare Company, a music theatre production company that explores the social, cultural and linguistic parallels between William Shakespeare's works and that of modern day rappers.
He has led many hip-hop Shakespeare youth arts, education and music projects across Europe, Asia, Africa, Australia and New Zealand.
Appearing on TV networks globally, he has gained a reputation as one of the most dynamic and articulate talents in the UK, notably with his bestselling memoir Natives, released in 2019.