Book Club Choice #2: Noughts And Crosses

// 30 November 2008

Following the success of our previous book club discussion, I am pleased to announce the second F-Word book club choice. This months choice was nominated by Lindsey:

“I’d like to nominate Malorie Blackman’s Noughts and Crosses, a YA [novel] re-imagining of life based on reveresed race relations. It follows the story of a rich black daughter of a politician and a poor white boy whose family get involved in terrorism, and how the dynamics of their society complicate their feelings for each other. It’s a great text for exploring ideas of privilege.”

You can still nominate books for the f-word book club, and you will be most welcome to do so.


Noughts and Crosses is the first in a series of (so far) three books, and a fourth book is due to be published any day now. The full series (so far) in order is: Noughts and Crosses, Knife Edge, Checkmate, and (soon) Double Cross.

Comments From You

Hazel // Posted 30 November 2008 at 5:18 pm

No need to publish this – just a note to say that Double Cross was published on 06/11/2008.

Maggie // Posted 30 November 2008 at 5:30 pm

I would love to read this book as well. I second the choice.

Lindsey // Posted 3 December 2008 at 8:46 am

Ok I’ll start:

One of the themes that interested me was physical appearance. Most of the white people in this novel are uncomfortable in their own skin – even one of the terrorists is said to use tanning products. I think this really high-lights the way that a privileged group can have power over an unprivileged one without being aware of it, or actively reinforcing it with anything other than higher status.

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