'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.'

I really enjoyed this book.

I honestly didn't know what to expect going into this book, but I thought it was amazing. Not only did I learn a lot from the historical and political aspects of this book, but I was deeply moved by the personal story behind it.

I will admit that being from a younger generation and Australian, so of the references went over my head and I had to look them up to see what the situation was, but other than that I think this book is a powerful read that covers topics that we should all know about.

The historical elements of this book were truly fascinating and I loved that Akala touched on parts of history from other countries including Australia.

Akala has done a wonderful job with this book. By combining history with his personal experiences and those of his peers he has created a book that is both educational and emotionally charged.

This book should be required reading in all British and Commonwealth High Schools. There isn't a person out there who wouldn't learn something from reading this book. I know I did, and I also know that this book is going to stay with me for a long time.

Natives by Akala is an absolute must read for everyone.

Published by Geramie Kate Barker