Bloomsbury buys book tackling racism 'head on'

Bloomsbury buys book tackling racism 'head on'

Bloomsbury has bought world English rights to a book about racism in the UK by 25-year-old activist and freelance journalist Reni Eddo-Lodge.

Commissioning editor Alexa von Hirschberg acquired Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race from Rupert Heath of Rupert Heath Literary Agency.

Through a critical appraisal of news, pop culture and current affairs, Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race will “tackle head on the insidious nature of racial prejudice”.

Bloomsbury said Eddo-Lodge would “do for these issues what Laura Bates, Caitlin Moran, Laurie Penny and the Vagenda have done for feminism, forcing readers to confront their own prejudices and join in the conversation”.

Von Hirschberg said: “Reni’s bold voice, intelligence and humour sent shockwaves through us. She forces you to look at the structural and institutional racism occurring in your homes, in your offices, in your communities. It’s all too easy to overlook the problem, but Reni’s argument is impossible to ignore and this is clearly a subject that needs to be debated and discussed. Reni is the perfect person to lead the charge.”

Eddo-Lodge has written for various publications including the New York Times, the Guardian and the Telegraph, and has appeared on Sky News and BBC Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour.

Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race is scheduled for global publication in early 2017.