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Kicking off the year, January saw the publication of A River Called Time by author Courttia Newland. Known for The Scholar, and most recently as a screenwriter for award-winning director Steve McQueen’s five-part anthology Small Axe

Set in an alternate world where slavery and colonialism never happened, A River Called Time is at once a timely exploration of social inequality and a story about love and the search for the truth.

The Ark was built to save the lives of the many, but rapidly became a refuge for the elite, the entrance closed without warning.

Years after the Ark was cut off from the world, a chance of survival within its confines is granted to a select few who can prove their worth. Among their number is Markriss Denny, whose path to future excellence is marred only by a closely guarded secret: without warning, his spirit leaves his body, allowing him to see and experience a world far beyond his physical limitations. 

Once inside the Ark, Denny learns of another with the same power, whose existence could spell catastrophe for humanity. He is forced into a desperate race to understand his abilities, and in doing so uncovers the truth about the Ark, himself and the people he thought he once knew.


Published 7 January 2021 : Canongate Books

A River Called Time has already garnered much praise, reviews and features, including: 

Get your copy of A River Called Time from all good retailers (Waterstones/Amazon)
Support Independent Bookshops and purchase this book from Brick Lane Bookshop , Pages of Hackney, or Bookshop.org

Available in hardback, eBook and audiobook 


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#FirstFridays – A River Called Time

An OWN IT! curated playlist released on the first Friday of every month.

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Threading the themes of love, spirituality, time and space, while paying homage to London, this month’s #FirstFridays playlist takes you on a sonic journey inspired by the alternative world(s) in A River Called Time by Courttia Newland.

A universe where slavery never happened and African, Asian and ancient philosophies permeate the psyches and lives of its inhabitants. From hiphop, jungle and garage to soul, Jazz and rock, the journey begins…⠀


OUT 28 JANUARY

MRS DEATH MISSES DEATH

Salena Godden’s time-travelling, genre-defying story set in Modern London.

Meet Death in person – a black, working-class woman who shape-shifts and does her work unseen. 

Available for pre-order now from Waterstones/Amazon.
Support Independent Bookshops and purchase this book from Pages of Hackney or Bookshop.org

Published 28 January 2021: Canongate Books

The Bookseller Editor’s Choice
“An original, exuberant novel…truly one of a kind – don’t miss it”

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Featured in The Visionaries Issue of Harpers Bazaar

Mrs Death Misses Death is available as an audiobook – narrated by the author herself Salena Godden. Available for Pre-order now.

“It’s light, it’s dark, it’s twisted and it’s brilliant”
BENJAMIN ZEPHANIAH

Check out the two editions available of Mrs Death Misses Death. Support local independent bookshops and shop with them to purchase the exclusive edition of Salena Godden’s book in white. 

Join Salena Godden from the safety of your sofa for these online gigs and chats, BBC radio shows and festivals, special events and launch parties. Visit here to view the full list, including links to all previous and future sessions. 


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Author of Pure (Now a major Channel 4 series) Rose Cartwright to screen-write for Netflix’s new sci-fi series from Game of Thrones creators (David Beinoff and D.B. Weiss) and True Blood’s Alex Woo.⠀

Based on Lui Cixin’s enthralling novel series THE THREE BODY PROBLEM, the first Chinese science-fiction novel to be translated into English.

Cartwright secured the position as a writer for the upcoming series, off the back of a script she wrote about intergenerational trauma, which includes her experience of taking magic mushrooms and trauma work.

Although Cartwright never imagined she would find herself writing Sci-Fi, she has been drawn to it and forced by the circumstances of her life and mind to question the nature of her reality and what is real. Which in itself, is a key feature of the sci-fi genre.

Read more here.


Derek Owusu (author of That Reminds Me) to co-write children’s book with Rudimental’s Leon “Locksmith” Rolle.

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#FIRST FRIDAYS – ONE SATURDAY IN 82 ON BROADWAY MARKET.

An OWN IT! curated playlist released on the first Friday of every month.

December’s Playlist is built around the late great Stuart Goodman’s photography book ONE SATURDAY IN 82 ON BROADWAY MARKET.⠀

The songs on this playlist were all released in the UK in 1982, and are reflective of the part of London the photographs were taken. From the burgeoning Dancehall of Jamaica, to New Wave, Pop, Hip Hop and Soul. These songs capture the spirit of the time and place


LOOKING BACK AT 2020

Here’s a look back at what we’ve published this year.

  • One Saturday in 82 on Broadway Market – by Stuart Goodman
  • HOW TO: Be More Pirate – by Sam Conniff + Alex Barker
  • Endless Fortune – by Ify Adenuga

Stuart Goodman’s One Saturday in 82 on Broadway Market preserves images of an East London landmark, featuring Stuart Goodman’s account of his and Stephen Selby’s role in setting up a community initiative to save Broadway Market from demolition.

Goodman speaks of the London that existed before gentrification. An East London native brought up on a Hackney council estate, Goodman had lived in the market and been a shop keeper there for 6 months before photographing it for the first time. ⠀

Get your copy here⠀

HOW TO: Be More Pirate by Sam Conniff + Alex Barker.

The follow-up book to Sam Conniff’s Be More Pirate. Whether you want to overcome personal limitations, upend the status quo in your line of work, or find some co-conspirators, this book will help you to be more radical, relentless, and ambitious in your life and work.

Available in paperback here
and now available as an audiobook from Audible here.

ENDLESS FORTUNE by Ify Adenuga

Ify’s powerful memoir is the first book of its kind from the mother of four highly successful British creatives (Skepta JME, Julie Adenuga and Jason Adenuga) to examine the experience of the African diaspora and the complications around immigration from a personal perspective.

Get your copy now from IFYADENUGA.COMWaterstonesAmazon + All good retailers.

If you missed out in June, you can still catch-up on all sessions via our Youtube channel.

OWN IT! Onlline Fest

A Virtual Festival by OWN IT!

In June of this year, we put on an Online Festival, featuring 20 OWN IT! authors and artists and consisting of workshops, Insta live talks, discussions and conversations, animation, comedy, poetry and live readings.

CLICK HERE TO WATCH NOW

OWN IT! AGENCY SPOTLIGHT

With 2021 round the corner, look out for these exciting reads to come.

A River Called Time by Courttia Newland. OUT 7 JANUARY 2021

Set in an alternate world where slavery and colonialism never happened, Courttia Newland’s staggering novel is both a timely exploration of social inequality and a story about love, loyalty and the search for the truth. For more information visit here

Courttia Newland’s alternative, decolonised vision of London is a staggering feat of imagination. There’s so much to love here: an everyman hero who discovers he has abilities that are anything but ordinary, parallel cities across a multiverse, African cosmology belief systems, a keep-them-guessing ending . . . An amazing achievement”

NOEL CLARKE

Available for pre-order here.


Mrs Death Misses Death by Salena Godden. OUT 28 JANUARY 2021

Set in an alternate world where slavery and colonialism never happened, Courttia Newland’s staggering novel is both a timely exploration of social inequality and a story about love, loyalty and the search for the truth. For more information visit here

A fantastically imaginative story about life, death and everything in between – a potent reminder that life is short and every second should be cherished”

IDRIS ELBA

Check out the two editions available of Mrs Death Misses Death. Support local independent bookshops and shop with them to purchase the exclusive edition of Salena Godden’s book in white.

Available for pre-order here.

NATIONAL LITERACY TRUST: GAME CHANGERS – TRUE STORIES – Interviews with excluded role models.

Featuring OWN IT!’s Jude Yawson, Nile Ranger and MC Angel.

Watch all episodes on Youtube here

HAPPY HOLIDAYS, from OWN IT! x

This year…give the gift of a story…Because Stories Are Life.

It’s been a tough year for all of us, but here’s looking at a better year for everyone to come. Happy New Year from everyone at OWN IT! x

See you in 2021!

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PUBLISHING NEWS

HOW TO: Be More Pirate now available as an audiobook via Audible. Sam Conniff’s 2018 bestseller Be More Pirate was the rallying cry so many needed to hear. Now he has handed over the mic to the thousands of people who have turned the book into a movement….⠀

From healthcare to education to big business, mutiny in Manchester to the climate pirates of the Caribbean, How to: Be More Pirate captures their applied wisdom. Packed with relatable examples and practical, applicable tactics, it is a blueprint for causing good trouble.

OWN IT! introduces #FIRSTFRIDAYS.

Download your copy from audible hereor purchase the paperback from our shop.

Head over to ownit.london/first-fridays/ to check out the full playlist or listen on Spotify or Apple Music.

OWN IT! introduces #FIRSTFRIDAYS.

The First Friday of every month we’ll be releasing a playlist carefully curated with songs exploring the featured book of that month. ⠀

November’s playlist looks at the themes within the book HOW TO: Be More Pirate, co-written by Sam Conniff + Alex Barker.⠀


ENDLESS FORTUNE – IFY
ADENUGA:

Press round-up

A month into the publication of Endless Fortune and the reception has been amazing, including features in:

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Mangrove – the first of a series of 5 films by award-winning director Steve McQueen, which celebrate West Indians in Britain.

Mcqueen’s five-part anthology series – Small Axe – takes its title from a West Indian proverb about collective struggle (“If you are the big tree, we are the small axe”) and encompasses true stories from the late 60s to mid-80s. The films each tell a story involving London’s West Indian community, a celebration of Black joy, beauty, friendship, love, music and food, despite subjection to rampant racism and discrimination.

It is no surprise that our own Courttia Newland is a part of this iconic moment for Black British TV, having co-written with Steve McQueen the screenplay to the second part of the anthology series – LOVERS ROCK (which aired last Sunday, catch-up now on BBCiplayer here) and RED, WHITE AND BLUE, which airs this Sunday. Read more here.

WATCH TRAILER HERE

Watch the first part of Small Axe Mangrove – on BBCiPlayer:

WATCH HERE


DEREK OWUSU’S THAT REMINDS ME NOW AVAILABLE IN PAPERBACK

The first novel by Stormzy’s imprint + winner of the Desmond Elliott Prize 2020 –That Reminds Me – is a fresh and powerful debut – now available as a paperback here

That Reminds Me is the story of one young man, from birth to adulthood, told in fragments of memory. It explores questions of identity, belonging, addiction, sexuality, violence, family and religion. It is a deeply moving and completely original work of literature from one of the brightest British writers of today.⠀


MRS DEATH MISSES DEATH

Mrs Death has had enough. She is exhausted from spending eternity doing her job and now she seeks someone to unburden her conscience to. Wolf Willeford, a troubled young writer, is well acquainted with death, but until now hadn’t met Death in person – a black, working-class woman who shape-shifts and does her work unseen.

OUT JANUARY 28th

Amazing to see Selena’s Pessimism Is For Lightweights & her upcoming novel Mrs Death Misses Death get a shoutout on Sky Arts Book Club. 

WATCH HERE


LOCKDOWN READS

OW TO: BE MORE PIRATE – Sam Conniff & Alex Barker

ENDLESS FORTUNE – Ify Adenuga

SOCCOLOGY – Kevin George

REFUGE – The Collected Poetry of JJ Bola

USE WORDS FIRST – Edited by Jude Yawson

MOMENTS OF SIGNIFICANCE – Shauna O’Briain AKA MC ANGEL

REFLECTIONS OF ME – Kirsty Latoya

THE 392 – Ashley Hickson-Lovence

THE TIME BEFORE THE TIME TO COME – Jill Johnson

NO PLACE TO CALL HOME – JJ Bola

ONE SATURDAY IN 82 ON BROADWAY MARKET – Stuart Goodman

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ENDLESS FORTUNE

By Ify Adenuga

OUT NOW

IFYADENUGA.COM

Ify is the mother of four of the most successful creatives in Great Britain today – Joseph Junior (Skepta), Jamie (JME), Julie and Jason Adenuga. In 1980, Ify exchanged war-torn Nigeria for the strange streets of London. Having overcome death, hunger and extreme poverty, starting a new life as a working-class immigrant and student in an environment far removed from her own in a city brimming with hostility.


HOW TO: Be More Pirate

By Sam Conniff + Alex Barker

OUT NOW

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Faced with chaotic leadership, growing inequality, business disruption and an impending climate crisis, Sam Conniff’s 2018 bestseller ‘Be More Pirate’ was the rallying cry so many needed to hear. Now he has handed over the mic to the thousands of people who have turned his first book into a movement and given birth to his follow up book co-written by Alex Barker, HOW TO: Be More Pirate.


OWN IT! AGENCY SPOTLIGHT

Download Rose Cartwright’s Pure today, now available as an audiobook via audible. The true story of her 10-year struggle with ‘Pure O’, a little-known form of OCD that causes people to experience intrusive sexual thoughts.

Download your copy from Audible today: CLICK HERE or grab your copy from Waterstones, Amazon + All good retailers. Also available to download as an e-book.


SAY HELLO TO…

We are super excited to welcome Suli Breaks and Selina Nwulu to the OWN IT! Collective, the latest to join our group of eclectic authors and artists.

Suli Breaks is a poet, writer and speaker. An opinionated, expressive wordsmith, the artform embraced Suli whilst studying his Law degree at University. 
Feeling  more connected to the street-level aesthetic of spoken words, than he did to the straitjacket requisites of an academic setting, Suli continues to live out his dream to revolutionise poetry, creating a universally recognisable brand in the process.

Suli has gained wider appeal and gone viral via his spoken word video Why I Hate School but Love Education (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y_ZmM7zPLyI&t=10s) garnering 2 million views within a 3-day span.


Selina Nwulu works both as a creative and as a consultant in the social and climate justice sector (having been a voice for climate justice for over 10 years).
She has written for a number of outlets such as The Guardian, New Humanist and Red Pepper and has toured her poetry extensively, both

internationally, including a literary tour in Northern India, and throughout the UK with a number of cultural institutions such as MAC Birmingham, BBC Radio 4 and Southbank Centre. She has also been featured in Vogue, ES Magazine, i-D and Blavity amongst others.


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…to find your next read!