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3 Nigerian Travelogues

September 10, 2015 • Uncategorized

Any writer who sets out to capture the essence of the changeable, frenetic, off-the-Richter-scale nation that is Nigeria sets themselves a tall order. However, Noo Saro-Wiwa, Teju Cole – and more recently – Ifeanyi Awachie have each produced insightful, perceptive chronicles of their travel experiences in the West African country. Noo Sara-Wiwa was raised in… Read More ›

Literature »

Melancholy and magnificent: The Twelve Tribes of Hattie

(0) The Twelve Tribes of Hattie

I found I couldn’t read The Twelve Tribes of Hattie as a straight shot. The narrative was so relentlessly bleak I had to take the odd break to remind myself that joy exists in the world. But I returned to the novel eagerly each time, partly because the story is compelling, but largely because the… Read More ›

Mystery and thrillers »

There are no easy options for the Geezer Girls

(0) Dreda Say Mitchell

Frankie Sullivan is one of the most ruthless Geezers in London’s deadly underworld. When the women he employs to traffic diamonds refuse an order he arranges their murder and shifts his nefarious attentions to their daughters. In a world where money talks and even arrows are crooked, fifteen-year-old Jade Flynn and three other girls are… Read More ›

Fantasy »

Fledgling by Octavia Butler

(0) Fledgling

If you’re not an ardent science fiction fan you may not have heard of Octavia Butler. Suffice to say she is to sci-fi what Tiger Woods is to golf and Ozwald Boateng to men’s tailoring, an outsider whose talent bought her a ticket to the party then elevated her to VIP status. In Fledgling Butler’s… Read More ›

Biographies and memoirs »

Bitch is the New Black by Helena Andrews

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The consequences of spending most of your time idling in the chick lit section of bookshops become apparent when you’re occasionally required to read something serious or based on real-life events. You find you’re primed to look out for the happy ending, that stories feel…incomplete without one. Thus I came to the end of Helena… Read More ›

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