Malorie Blackman entry: Overview screen.
8 February 1962
MB was born in Clapham
, South London, two years after her parents had immigrated there from Barbados.
15 January 2001
For the first time MB directly addressed the topic of racism, in a book for young adults entitled Noughts and Crosses
, set in a society where the fair-skinned people (noughts, sometimes called by the 'terrible' derogatory name of 'blankers') are oppressed by the darker-skinned people (Crosses or colloquially 'daggers').