It’s World Book Day! Across the country, people are talking about their favourite books and we’re no different! We asked the HOPE not hate teams to say a few words about one antifascist or antiracist book they love, and why. Here’s what they recommend:

‘Self Portrait in Black and White: Unlearning Race' – Thomas Chatterton-Williams

“In this book the author sets out the frustrating persistence of colonial era racial metrics, even somewhat surprisingly in the efforts of modern-day race activists. Part memoir, part social commentary, Chatterton-Williams takes the reader through an intergenerational reflection starting as the son of a Black man and a White woman in the US who is thrust into the Black identity, to being a father of two White-passing “palomino" children in Europe with a vastly different set of questions directed at how we interpret race and identity. A rich contribution to Critical Mixed Race studies, ‘Self Portrait' might not have answers for everybody, but it will certainly pique the curiosity of many.” -- Roxana

Small Island by Andrea Levy

“A fantastic novel with multiple narrators, which shifts back in time to cover the character’s backstories bringing things to a head in post-war London. Really insightful storytelling of the often grim realities facing the Windrush Generation in an unwelcoming ‘Mother Country’, this is the kind of book that draws you in, and you end up reading in one sitting.” -- Jemma

The Boy at the Back of the Class by Onjali Raúf

"Onjali Raúf is a Patron of our HOPE Education Fund, and best-selling children’s author. We massively recommend her multiple award-winning book The Boy at the Back of the Class, inspired by her human rights work with refugees. A moving and funny tale that helps children better understand what it means to be a refugee. Warning: it’s pretty hard to read this out loud to a young child and not cry at key moments!  But it is so worth it – and independent readers will hoover it up."

A Bold and Dangerous Family: One Family’s Fight Against Italian Fascism – Caroline Moorehead

"Assembled mostly from letters and police files, Moorehead tells the remarkable true story of the Rosselli family and friends’ brave struggle against Mussolini in pre-WWII Italy. Whilst sustaining focus on the main protagonists, Moorehead also provides an account of what life was like for those opposed to the fascist dictatorship; the constant threat of persecution, beatings, imprisonment and death at the hands of Mussolini’s brutal "Blackshirts", together with taken-for-granted aspects of life like raising a family. Italy has comparatively fewer such accounts than Germany, and Moorehead not only brings lesser-known aspects to the fore, such as life on Italian penal colonies, but also emphasises the many forms the antifascist struggle adopted in the face of incredible adversity." -- Nick S 

The ‘Out of Time’ trilogy, Judith Kerr, 1971–1978

“‘Out of Time’ is a children’s trilogy by Judith Kerr. The first book, When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit, is set in 1930s Berlin. It follows Anna, a Jewish 9-year-old whose family flee Germany for England – leaving the protagonist’s childhood toy behind. Subsequent books follow Anna as she grows up in London and ultimately return to West Berlin as a young woman. Reading the trilogy at primary school I was really affected. The books are based on Kerr’s life and were a powerful introduction to the experiences of Jewish families during WW2. But a large of their success is that they work as children’s/ young adult’s books in their own right. You’re drawn into Anna’s personal story and are helped to understand the major themes at play from the inside out.” - Chris C

We Fight Fascists: The 43 Group and Their Forgotten Battle for Post War Britain by Daniel Sonabend

“We Fight Fascists tells the story of the 43 Group, an antifascist movement founded by Jewish ex-servicemen and women who, returning from World War Two, found Oswald Mosely's fascists peddling the same hate in London that they had just fought in Europe. An exciting and inspiring read, it's packed with rich personal histories and practical insights into how one of Britain's most fascinating movements organised itself. We Fight Fascists challenges us to consider the place that violence has in antifascism and to confront Britain's postwar history, while remaining an accessible, invigorating read about toppling fascist soapboxes and undermining their campaigns.” -- Chris F

21 Lessons for the 21st Century by Yuval Noah Harari 

“This is a must-read for everyone who is interested in thinking about the challenges of the future for civilisation. Everything from the power of community and nationalism to the future of work and education is discussed. It would be hard to agree with every word of every chapter but each page will throw up a host of questions that our society will be faced with.” -- Liron

To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee

“Taught to many of us at school, Harper Lee’s To Kill A Mockingbird is an iconic account of a small-town lawyer, Atticus Finch, and his unflinching commitment to fairness for all before the law, in the face of racism and prejudice that ultimately sees a black man lose his life. The book presents prejudice in all its starkest forms, and reveals the racism beating at the heart of America, but also shows there are those ultimately willing to stand up to hate – and do the right thing." -- Nick R

What’s are your favourite antifascist and anti-racist books? Tweet at @HNHcommunity and we’ll share your recommendation with others!