Institute of Astronomy

Read Against Racism

Published on 11/06/2020 

We all need to confront our prejudices and to struggle for fairness and justice in the world.  The following books have been suggested to the IoA Equality & Diversity committee as being a useful read.

The links are to the e-book (where available) and to access you will need your Raven login. Clicking on "Shibboleth" then "University of Cambridge" will get you to the Raven login.

We welcome further suggestions to this list (contact


Akala  Natives : race and class in the ruins of empire / Akala. London : Two Roads, 2018. ISBN : 9781473661219 hardback ISBN : 9781473661233 paperback

Robin DiAngelo  White Fragility: why it's so hard for white people to talk about racism / Robin DiAngelo ; foreword by Michael Eric Dyson. London : Penguin Books, 2019. ISBN : 9780141990576 (ePub ebook) ISBN : 0141990570

Reni Eddo-Lodge  Why I'm No Longer Talking to White People About Race / Reni Eddo-Lodge. London : Bloomsbury Publishing, 2017. ISBN : 9781408870570 (electronic bk.) ISBN : 1408870576 (electronic bk.)

Afua Hirsch  Brit(ish) : on race, identity and belonging / Afua Hirsch. London : Vintage Digital, 2018. ISBN : 9781473546899 (electronic bk.) ISBN : 1473546893 (electronic bk.)

Adam Rutherford  How to argue with a racist : history, science, race and reality / Adam Rutherford. London : Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 2020. ISBN : 9781474611244 hardcover ISBN : 1474611249 hardcover



There are some excellent book review pages (with links) by some other Cambridge librarians.  See for example:

Judge Business School - Reading after Minneapolis

European Collections - Black Lives Matter - Some ebooks




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