Books Of June – Travellers and Immigrants Speak

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This year has been an African literary feast so far. Seriously, it’s been back to back goodness so far and I am yet to read a book that makes me want to slam my head into a wall yet. Okay, maybe that’s a bit extreme but you know what I mean. We are officially halfway through 2019, and these are the newborns coming our way this month: The Travelers by Regina Porter Release Date: June 18, 2019 Meet James Samuel Vincent, an affluent Manhattan attorney who shirks his modest Irish American background. But hews to his father’s meandering ways. James […]

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Travellers by Helon Habila

Travellers by Helon Habila Published by: Hamish Hamilton (Penguin Random House UK) Release Date: June 2019 Genre: Literary Fiction Format: Paperback Length: 295 Source: Publisher (Review Copy) Modern Europe is a melting pot of migrating souls: among them a Nigerian American couple on a prestigious arts fellowship, a transgender film student seeking the freedom of authenticity, a Libyan doctor who lost his wife and child in the waters of the Mediterranean, and a Somalian shopkeeper trying to save his young daughter from forced marriage. And, though the divide between the self-chosen exiles and those who are forced to leave home may feel solid, in reality […]

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Impostor Alert by Uduak Akpabio Umoren

Impostor Alert by Uduak Akpabio Umoren Published by: Narrative Landscape Press Release Date: 2018 Genre: Crime Fiction Format: Paperback Length: 267 Source: Author (Review Copy) Two women meet on a bus heading for Lagos – one to continue her poor-paying job as a prostitute, and the other to visit a long-distance boyfriend. Both women discover that they share an uncanny resemblance and become fast friends. But before the end of that day, there will be a fatal crash. One woman will die and the other – following a case of mistaken identity – will impersonate her. Gently navigating the chasm […]

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Gingerbread by Helen Oyeyemi

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Gingerbread by Helen Oyeyemi Published by: Picador(Pan Macmillan) Release Date: March 2019 Genre: Fantasy Format: Paperback Length: 290 Source: Publisher (Review Copy) Perdita Lee may appear your average British schoolgirl; Harriet Lee may seem just a working mother trying to penetrate the school social hierarchy; but there are signs that they might not be as normal as they think they are. For one thing, they share a gold-painted, seventh-floor flat with some surprisingly verbal vegetation. And then there’s the gingerbread they make. Londoners may find themselves able to take or leave it, but it’s very popular in Druhástrana, the far-away (and, according […]

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Books of May – There’s One For Everyone

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May is set to be a month literally filled with goodness. From short story collections to poetry, young adult fiction to sci-fi, African authors are not playing this month. Also, is it just me or are there more women of African descent getting published this year? Whatever the case, these are the books I’m looking forward to this month: Manchester Happened by Jennifer Nansubuga Makunmbi Release Date: May 2nd, 2019 Set in Manchester and Kampala, the stories of Manchester Happened form a moving and powerful work about the experience of immigration, and about how we treat each other as human […]

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Black Leopard, Red Wolf by Marlon James

Black Leopard, Red Wolf (The Dark Star Trilogy #1) by Marlon James Published by: Narrative Landscape Release Date: April 2019 Genre: Fantasy Format: Paperback Length: 620 Source: Publisher (Review Copy) Tracker is known far and wide for his skills as a hunter: “He has a nose,” people say. Engaged to track down a mysterious boy who disappeared three years earlier, Tracker breaks his own rule of always working alone when he finds himself part of a group that comes together to search for the boy. The band is a hodgepodge, full of unusual characters with secrets of their own, including a shape-shifting man-animal […]

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Books of April – Cool Kids Edition

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Can you believe how fast 2019 is going? And with so many beautiful books already. The last 3 months have been a lot of fun for me. And it blows my mind when i think about all the literary goodness still coming our way this year. In April, Narrative Landscape brings the mind bending work of fiction that is Black Leopard Red Wolf to Nigeria. This review is coming up as soon as I reboot my mind to “factory setting”. [bctt tweet=”Discover upcoming releases by African authors in April 2019″ username=”naijabookworm_”] One book I’m looking forward to getting my hands […]

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Becoming Nigerian by Elnathan John

Becoming Nigerian by Elnathan John Published by: Cassava Republic Press Release Date: February 2019 Genre: Non-Fiction; Satire Format: Paperback Length: 148 Source: Review Copy In Be(com)ing Nigerian: A Guide, Elnathan John provides an affecting, unrestrained and satirical guide to the Nigerians you will meet at home and abroad, or on your way to hell and to heaven. A religious tells you It is a searing look at the abuse, negotiation and performance of power in private and public. (Politics, business, religious institutions and in homes.) Exploring religious hypocrisy, inequality in matters of the heart, the collection is a jab at Nigerian society and what it means […]

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