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Noughts & Crosses

Malorie Blackman

“Like many people my age, I was partly raised by Malorie Blackman. She creates worlds you want to carry with you and each story encourages its young readers to ask the important questions in life.

Noughts & Crosses is my absolute favourite of her books. I remember devouring each book in the series as they came out in the early 2000s, desperate for the next instalment. Part of the reason it is so enduring is because while it is written for young adults, it is still a brazenly political read. It was my first step to understanding racism and classism, opening the door for questions that are just starting to form in young minds.

“Noughts & Crosses is set in a parallel world that resembles Britain, in which Black people (Crosses) are the ruling class, and white people (noughts) exist as second-class citizens. The book follows Sephy Hadley, a Cross whose father is a senior politician, and Callum McGregor, the nought son of the Hadley’s housekeeper. Although written over 20 years ago, Sephy’s father would not be out of place in today’s populist political landscape. As Sephy and Callum’s relationship evolves, questions are asked about love, betrayal and belonging. It’s pacey, romantic, tortured and enlightening. What more could a young reader ask for?” – Dua Lipa

Dua Lipa's Monthly Read for July - Noughts & Crosses by Malorie Blackman

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