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Book of the Week: Twelve Years a Slave by Solomon Northup

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An official tie-in edition of this eloquent and powerful slave narrative, to accompany Steve McQueen’s major new film starring Brad Pitt, Michael Fassbender, Benedict Cumberbatch, Paul Giamatti, Chiwetel Ejiofor and Quvenzhané Wallis.

Perhaps the best written of all the slave narratives, Twelve Years a Slave is a harrowing memoir about one of the darkest periods in American history. It recounts how Solomon Northup, born a