Free as I know

Edited by Beverley Naidoo

A multicultural collection of international extracts, short stories and poems about young people gaining insight into themselves and their society through challenging experiences.

Both new and well-known authors have been selected to appeal to readers in their mid-teens. Settings cross place and time, from the 1920s to the future. The book has been widely used as a source book for GCSE English and English Literature.

Literature has the tremendous quality of allowing us to engage imaginatively in the lives of others. It enables us to move beyond ourselves and our own experiences. If we allow ourselves to respond to it fully, it can be a great educator. For those of us brought up monoculturally, literature which springs from outside our own boundaries can be a life-line.
– From the Introduction by Beverley Naidoo

An extract from Tell Freedom - Peter Abrahams
An extract from I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings - Maya Angelou
Still I Rise  - Maya Angelou
An extract from Basketball Game  - Julius Lester
Once Upon A Time - Gabriel Okara
Private Eloy  - Samuel Feijoo
Small Avalanches  - Joyce Carol Oates
An extract from Hand On The Sun  - Tariq Mehmood
Back In The Playground Blues  - Adrian Mitchell
A personal essay, Young, Gifted and Black - Beverley Naidoo 
India  - Ravinder Randhawa
A Tanned Version and Looking  - Hummarah Quddoos
True Grit, Hard Graft  - Dawn Newton
Homecoming  - Lerato Nomvuyo Mzamane 
If Someone Were To Ask Me  - Manelisi
An extract from Brother In The Land  - Robert Swindells
The Child  - David Upshall
Free As I Know - Accabre Huntley

Anyone reading it must look at themselves, as well as the person beside them on the bus or behind the counter with newly opened eyes.
– The Guardian, UK