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The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano

By: Olaudah Equiano,David Olusoga - foreword
Narrated by: Ben Bailey Smith,David Olusoga
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The classic memoir of an 18th-century British former slave, and leading figure in the abolitionist movement, Olaudah Equiano. Introduced by David Olusoga, author of the highly acclaimed Black and British.

Kidnapped and sold into slavery at the age of 10, Olaudah Equiano's memoir caused a sensation when it was first published in 1789. The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano is the true story of his life, from his 10 years of service as a slave in the British Navy to his experiences - after having purchased his freedom twice - as a freed Black man living in 18th-century England. Equiano would go on to be a leading figure in the anti-slavery movement, boosted by the success of his memoir, which became a best seller and went through nine editions in his lifetime.

This new edition of the landmark memoir features a foreword by historian and best-selling author David Olusoga (Black and British), bringing this long-overlooked classic back into the spotlight, and showing his importance, which has been too often neglected, for the story of the abolition of slavery in Britain.

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An enlightening narrative

When I first read about Olaudah Equiano in Black British History I thought about one day reading his book. But life is busy and I rarely get to sit and read. So when I saw this audio version it went to the top of my to be listened to list, and I'm very glad it did.

I thought that, being written so long ago, the book would be a dry and (given the tribulations Olaudah endured) depressing read. I still wanted to read it for its historical importance though.

I was very surprised by the book. Yes I'm places it is dry (he goes on a bit too long in places) and yes it has very depressing and sobering aspects. But the story is rich. His travels were extensive and he documents the highlights.

I have learnt a lot about seafaring, slavery and different cultures around the world.

I really do recommend it, it is certainly an interesting narrative.

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Informative narrative

Well written, informative of the times during slavery. Sad in places but need to know as it's part of British history. Britain wouldn't be this wealthy today without the blood, sweat and tears of my African ancestors.