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Publisher 'shunning black writers' for 70th anniversary celebration



  Posted on 24/05/2005

For its 70th anniversary, Penguin is issuing 70 new short titles, called Pocket Penguins, drawn from its back catalogue or new work. But the chosen titles have provoked outrage because they include work by only two authors who are not white and ignore writers of eminence such as Chinua Achebe and James Baldwin, both published by Penguin, while finding room for Jamie Oliver and Marian Keyes.

'It is monumental ignorance,' said the writer and critic Bonnie Greer. 'And it just won't do.'


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