From slavery to Cecil Rhodes, here’s a taste of 2021’s must-reads


From slavery to Cecil Rhodes, here’s a taste of 2021’s must-reads

You’re sure to find something to sweep you up among these 10 titles

Sunday Times Book Editor

​My reading list for the first six months of the year is quite long already — I have earmarked more than 50 books. But for this column I pared it down to a few fiction titles I think will be must-reads.

Out on shelves this January is what is being touted as the debut of the year — The Prophets by Robert Jones Jr. The Guardian says it’s reminiscent of Toni Morrison and pure magnificence. It’s the love story of Isaiah and Samuel, who are enslaved on Empty, a plantation in the Deep South. They build a home for each other in the safety of a shed, but their lives are threatened when they reject their master’s plan to “breed”. 

Also in bookstores this month is the latest Kate Mosse, City of Tears, the second in The Burning Chambers trilogy. Set in 1572 in France and Amsterdam during the violent Wars of Religion, there’s betrayal, treachery, persecution, love and loss, and all the other goodie elements that make a fab historical epic...

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