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The searing autobiography of Olaudah Equiano - African slave, sailor and finally a free man - fuelled the eighteenth-century abolitionist movement.

'Cut iron with iron,
What makes iron valuable,
Big kuku tree and big silk-cotton tree,
Fari and Kaunju -'
Told and retold since the fourteenth century, this West African epic chronicles the story of the mighty warrior who saves his people and founds an empire.
One of 46 new books in the bestselling Little Black Classics series, to celebrate the first ever Penguin Classic in 1946. Each book gives readers a taste of the Classics' huge range and diversity, with works from around the world and across the centuries - including fables, decadence, heartbreak, tall tales, satire, ghosts, battles and elephants.

Formats & editions

  • Paperback


    May 2, 2016

    Penguin Classics (UK Adult)

    128 pages

    RRP $4.99

    Online retailers

    • Abbey's Bookshop
    • Angus & Robertson Bookworld
    • Booktopia
    • Boomerang Books
    • Collins Booksellers
    • Dymocks
    • Books Kinokuniya
    • The Nile
    • QBD
    • Readings
    • Robinsons Bookshop

    Find your local bookstore at booksellers.org.au

  • EBook


    March 3, 2016

    Penguin Classics (UK Adult)

    Online retailers

    • iBooks
    • Amazon Kindle
    • Booktopia
    • eBooks
    • Google Play
    • Kobo

    Find your local bookstore at booksellers.org.au

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The Unexpected Truth About Animals
Animals Strike Curious Poses
My Life, Our Times
Riot Days
Diary of a Wartime Affair: The True Story of a Surprisingly Modern Romance
First Confession: A Sort of Memoir
In the Land of Giants: hunting monsters in the Hindu Kush
A Woman's Work
The Enemy Within
Portraits Of Courage
Trump: The Art of the Deal
The Wolf Who Cried Boy!
Maui and Other Maori Legends
The Long and Winding Road
Speaking Out
Soldier Spy