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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The Hundred Wells Of Salaga by Ayesha Harruna Attah

The Hundred Wells Of Salaga by Ayesha Harruna Attah. Published by: Other Press Release Date: February 2019 Genre: Historical Fiction Format: Paperback Length: 225 Source: Publisher (Review Copy) Based on true events, a story of courage, forgiveness, love, and freedom. In precolonial Ghana, told through the eyes of two women born to vastly different fates. Aminah lives an idyllic life until she is brutally separated from her home. Forced on a journey that transforms her from a daydreamer into a resilient woman. Wurche, the willful daughter of a chief, is desperate to play an important role in her father’s court. […]

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The Villager by Feyi Olubodun

The Villager (How Africans Consume Brands) by Feyi Olubodun Published by: Cognix by Ouida Books Release Date: 2018 Genre: Non-Fiction; Business Format: Paperback Length: 143 Source: Publisher (Review Copy) When Feyi Olubodun, CEO of one of West Africa’s leading creative agencies, witnessed one too many cases of brands failing in the African marketplace he began to ask himself questions: Why did brands, both global and local, so often fail to connect with the African consumer? What was it about the African market that brand owners were not seeing? He began to reflect on his own marketing experiences and out of this emerged the framework for The Villager. […]

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Slay In Your Lane by Yomi Adegoke & Elizabeth Uviebinené

Slay In Your Lane: The Black Girl Bible by Yomi Adegoke & Elizabeth Uviebinené Narrated by: Yomi Adegoke, Elizabeth Uviebinené, Nneka Okoye, Karen Blackett – foreword Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Limited Release Date: July 2018 Genre: Non-fiction Format: Audiobook Length: 12 hrs 29 mins Source: Bought Find It: Audible This book includes extracts from dozens of interviews with some of the most successful black women in Britain. Where possible within this audiobook, we have used the original recordings of those interviews, which took place in a variety of locations; so, whilst the nature of the recordings vary, the insights and advice remain constantly inspiring. Illustrated […]

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What A Time To Be Alone by Chidera Eggerue

What A Time To Be Alone by Chidera Eggerue Published by: Quadrille; Hardie Grant Publishing Release Date: 2018 Genre: Non-Fiction; Self Help Format: Hardback Length: N/A Source: Bought Empowering, intimate and full of heart: this highly anticipated debut book from the online sensation ‘The Slumflower’, aka Chidera Eggerue, the unstoppable force behind the ground-breaking movement #SAGGYBOOBSMATTER, is essential reading for all young women. It’s time to take charge of your life. In What A Time To Be Alone, The Slumflower will be your life guru, confidante and best friend. She’ll show you that being alone is not just okay: it’s just about the best freaking thing that’s […]

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My Sister The Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite

My Sister, The Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite Narrated by: Weruche Opia Publisher: Whole Story Audiobooks Release Date: January 2019 Genre: Thrillers; Crime Fiction Format: Audiobook Length: 4 hrs 30 mins Source: Bought Find It: Audible Korede is bitter. How could she not be? Her sister, Ayoola, is many things: the favorite child, the beautiful one, possibly sociopath. And now Ayoola’s third boyfriend in a row is dead. Korede’s practicality is the sisters’ saving grace. She knows the best solutions for cleaning blood, the trunk of her car is big enough for a body, and she keeps Ayoola from posting pictures of her […]

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What Sunny Saw In The Flames by Nnedi Okorafor

What Sunny Saw In The Flames by Nnedi Okorafor. Release Date:  2011 Genre: Young Adult Fantasy Format: Paperback Length: 218 Source: Bought Born in New York, but living in Aba, Nigeria, thirteen-year-old Sunny is understandably a little lost. She is albino. Her eyes are so sensitive to the sun that she has to wait until evening to play football. Apart from being good at the beautiful game, she has a special gift: she can see into the future. At school, she soon becomes part of a special quartet with unique powers. Together, Sunny, Orlu, Chichi and Sasha explore this exciting realm of strange creatures […]

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Jazz by Toni Morrison

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Jazz by Toni Morrison Publisher: Penguin Random House UK (Vintage) Release Date: 2001 Genre: Literary Fiction Format: Paperback Length: 219 Source: Bought In the winter of 1926, when everybody everywhere sees nothing but good things ahead, Joe Trace, middle-aged door-to-door salesman of Cleopatra beauty products, shoots his teenage lover to death. At the funeral, Joe’s wife, Violet, attacks the girl’s corpse. This passionate, profound story of love and obsession brings us back and forth in time, as a narrative is assembled from the emotions, hopes, fears, and deep realities of black urban life. My Thoughts First notes: Joe shot his […]

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