First ever book series on Black British culture set to make history

From Afrobeats and Grime to the Black British power movement, plantain to Black fashion and hair, A Quick Ting On explores the history and evolution of Black culture in Britain.

The groundbreaking series of eight books will be released from October 2021 into 2022, with dates for the first six works now confirmed.

Each title in the series is written by a leading young Black British voice, including broadcaster and host of Channel 4’s How Not To Be Racist, Chanté Joseph; award winning theatre and film producer and writer Tobi Kyeremateng; award winning entrepreneur Tskenya-Sarah Frazer; journalist and activist Franklyn Addo; and more.

A Quick Ting On was created and commissioned by young writer award-winning publisher Magdalene Abraha, who reached out to her friends over WhatsApp and persuaded them to write a book for the series on one of their passions.

Magdalene Abraha, publisher and creator of A Quick Ting On said,

“A Quick Ting On is about archiving the rich cultural landscape of Black Britain both past and present in an exciting and contemporary way.  It is about providing a space for Black British writers to pay homage to the ideas, the moments that mean something to them…. the series is digestible, relatable and important.”

The eight books forming the A Quick Ting On series are:

  • A Quick Ting On: Afrobeats by Christian Adofo (7th October 2021)
  • A Quick Ting On: Plantain by Rui Da Silva (22nd October 2021)
  • A Quick Ting On: Black British Power Movement by Chanté Joseph (28th October 2021)
  • A Quick Ting On: The Black Girl Afro by Zainab Kway-Swanzy (4th November 2021)
  • A Quick Ting On: Black British Businesses by Tskenya-Sarah Frazer (12th November 2021)
  • A Quick Ting On: Theatre Sh*t by Tobi Kyeremateng (19th November 2021)
  • A Quick Ting On: Grime by Franklyn Addo (release date TBA 2022)
  • A Quick Ting On: Bamboo Earrings by Sophia Tassew (release date TBA 2022)

The release of the A Quick Ting On series in 2021 is the brainchild of writer and award-winning publisher Magdalene Abraha and will be published by Jacaranda Books.

Praise for A Quick Ting On

‘Groundbreaking’ The Guardian

‘Amazing’ The Metro

‘Timely and needed’ BBC Radio 5

‘Best thing in books ever’ Candice Carty Williams

‘Spearheaded by the hugely impressive Magdalene Abraha, the heartening launch of a phenomenal new series’ Mellville House

‘There is nothing like this’ The Bookseller

‘What better way to begin Black History Month than with the announcement of a book series celebrating black British life’ Bustle Magazine

MagdaleneAbraha will launch her long-awaited book series, A Quick Ting’s brilliant’ Elle

‘Exciting’ Refinery29

‘The first ever non-fiction book of its kind’ The Voice

‘A Quick Ting On is set to be behind some of the most exciting books.’ Stylist Magazine

‘A game changer’ Shahmir Sanni

‘Bringing Black Britishness to the fore’ The Blacklist

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