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This Thread of Gold

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22nd June 2023

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Selected: Digital (deliver electronic) / ISBN-13: 9780349702612

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Weaving together narratives that celebrate the triumph of Black female resistance, Catherine Joy White takes us on a unique journey through the eyes of positive and inspiring disruptors.

Throughout history, acts of defiance have taken place in secret, in kitchens, churches, through trusted networks. Others were projected onto a global stage through art, politics and activism.

From Alice Walker to Beyoncé, from Audre Lorde to Doreen Lawrence, from Aretha Franklin to Zendaya: Catherine Joy White charts her own journey to self-discovery through the prism of extraordinary women to create a beautiful tapestry of Black joy.

Taking on the legacy of Angela Davis’s Women, Race and Class, Audre Lorde’s Sister Outsider and Saidiya Hartman’s Wayward Lives, This Thread of Gold brings new life to the history of Black women’s resistance.

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Reviews

Lucy Popescu, Camden New Journal
For centuries, black women have been written out of the dominant narrative, their stories untold, their art appropriated. This Thread of Gold ... attempts to correct the record and inspire the next generation of readers.
Tom Gatti, New Statesman
profiles a series of remarkable black women in order to restore their place in the "dominant narrative"
Afua Hirsch, The Soho House Book Club
Catherine Joy White is an extraordinary writer, the kind who turns non-fiction into poetry. her forthcoming book This Thread of Gold reveals beautifully how the legacy of Black women's writing across generations has woven itself into her heart and soul, and the power of their legacies. It's a stunning debut from a young author, and yet feels, and reads, like it has been decades in the making.
Ione Gamble
Catherine is not only an incredible writer but a much needed voice in our current cultural landscape. This Thread of Gold shines a spotlight on previously untold stories with grace and nuance - I couldn't put it down
Okechukwu Nzelu
From the moment I heard about this book, I was dying to read it, and when I got a hold of it I could not put it down. The passion of White's words is infectious. I was constantly fascinated and moved by the way she interwove the stories of the Black women who came before her, with her own experiences and her reflections on the two. I know this book will find many loving readers and I am very excited for them all.
Sara Collins
An essential and overdue meditation on black womanhood. In offering us this beautifully written work - part memoir, part paean, part call to arms - Catherine Joy White has done herself and our ancestors justice. It manages to be poetic yet punchy, enraging yet uplifting, and it transforms our mechanisms for survival and resistance into high art.
Nima Taleghani
Monumental. A refusal to back down to an oppressive, reductive version of history. It's even more radical to do this with a tone of pure unadulterated joy; smiling rather than screaming in the face of those who would try and whitewash a rich, beautiful and momentous tapestry. What a fly kick in the face! Kill your masters one symphony at a time.
Parker Sawyers
This book is a poetic journey through Black Womanhood. It is beautiful. And fragile. And worth its weight in gold. More, actually.
Angus Imrie
In her astonishing celebration of Black Womanhood, Catherine Joy White celebrates life itself. Her debut book vividly unleashes the stories of little-known, remarkable Black women and we hear their voices crackle off the pages as if they are being channelled through her. Reading this book makes you want to be a part of a future which lengthens the Thread of Gold, making it last forever.
Rhea Norwood
A poetic meditation on women hood. A blending of the personal with the political, the magical with reality, and contemporary thinking with ancient stories. It has the spirit of hope and change but with a grounding in what we can learn from those who have walked the Earth before us.
Ruby Rare
The stories Catherine weaves are enchanting and inspiring. To be held by her words is an absolute pleasure.
Laura Bates
Utterly captivating from the first sentence, this celebration of Black Womanhood, joy and resistance celebrates revolutionary women from across time and space.
Anna Bonet, iNews
By turns fascinating, inspiring and movingly written, this is an essential new book.