Twelve Years a Slave by Solomon Northup


Twelve Years a Slave is very much on the nations, if not the world’s radar at the moment. With the recent film adaptation winning the Oscar for Best Picture and BAFTA for Best Film, Steve McQueen (the Director) has brought Solomon Northup’s story to a huge audience. It was for this reason amongst others that we decided to read this book for book group. We also wanted to read a ‘hopeful’ book, and though it is not strictly hopeful in a way that is uplifting, Twelve Years a Slave is an ultimately uplifting book hidden in the atrocities of the slave trade in the mid-nineteenth century United States of America. The book is a true, first person account of a black man living in the Northern States of America who is one day kidnapped and sold into the slave trade. Continue reading