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    Astonishing the Gods

    by Ben Okri

     

    A modern fable about the relationship between love, suffering and creativity.

    Set on an enchanted island, Astonishing the Gods is shot through with the gentle magic of Ben Okri’s imaginative prose.

    4,250
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    Blackass

    by Igoni Barrett

     

    Furo Wariboko – born and bred in Lagos – wakes up on the morning of his job interview to discover he has turned into a white man. As he hits the city streets running, still reeling from his new-found condition, Furo finds the dead ends of his life open out before him. As a white man in Nigeria, the world is seemingly his oyster – except for one thing: despite his radical transformation, Furo’s ass remains robustly black . . .
    Funny, fierce, inventive and daringly provocative – this is a very modern satire, with a sting in the tail.

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    Every Day Is For The Thief

    by Teju Cole

     

    Visiting Lagos after many years away, Teju Cole’s unnamed narrator rediscovers his hometown as both a foreigner and a local. Over long, wandering days, the narrator compares present-day Lagos to the Lagos of his memory, and in doing so reveals changes that have taken place in himself.

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    In Dependence

    by Sarah Ladipo Manyika

     

    It is the early sixties when a young Tayo Ajayi sails to England from Nigeria to take up a scholarship at Oxford University. In this city of dreaming spires, he finds himself among a generation high on visions of a new and better world. The whole world seems ablaze with change: independence at home, the Civil Rights movement and the first tremors of cultural and sexual revolutions. It is then that Tayo meets Vanessa Richardson, the beautiful daughter of an ex-colonial officer.

    In Dependence is Tayo and Vanessa’s story of a brave but bittersweet love affair. It is the story of two people struggling to find themselves and each other – a story of passion and idealism, courage and betrayal, and the universal desire to fall, madly, deeply, in love.

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    Infinite Riches

    by Ben Okri

     

    Ben Okri’s third novel in The Famished Road Trilogy, continuing the adventures of Azaro, the spirit-child in the perplexing world of the living.

    4,250
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    Like a Mule Bringing Ice Cream to the Sun

    by Sarah Ladipo Manyika

     

     

    Morayo Da Silva, a cosmopolitan Nigerian woman, lives in hip San Francisco. On the cusp of seventy-five, she is in good health and makes the most of it, enjoying road trips in her vintage Porsche, chatting to strangers, and recollecting characters from her favourite novels. Then she has a fall and her independence crumbles. Without the support of family, she relies on friends and chance encounters. As Morayo recounts her story, moving seamlessly between past and present, we meet Dawud, a charming Palestinian shopkeeper, Sage, a feisty, homeless Grateful Dead devotee, and Antonio, the poet whom Morayo desired more than her ambassador husband.
    A subtle story about ageing, friendship and loss, this is also a nuanced study of the erotic yearnings of an older woman

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    Lonely Roads: A Novel

    by William Ifeanyi Moore

     

    Afam Udemba is an outcast in early 19th century Aboh seeking escape from loneliness. He finds himself in a relationship with Adaobi, the daughter of Onwa, a powerful slave merchant, but unfortunately, her father plans to strengthen his family ties with the royals by marrying her off to the Obi’s son. As their love affair grows, Afam finds himself in danger of being killed or sold into slavery.

    In a world where social class and reputation is everything, all must decide just how far they are willing to go to get what they want.

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    Maru

    by Bessie Head

     

    An orphaned Masarwa girl comes to Dilepe to teach, only to discover that in this remote Botswana village her people are treated as outcasts.

    In the love story and intrigue that follow, the author’s exploration of racism draws upon her own experiences of growing up in South Africa.

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    Taduno’s Song

    by Odafe Atogun

     

    The day a stained brown envelope arrives from Taduno’s homeland, he knows that the time has come to return from exile. Arriving full of trepidation, the musician discovers that his community no longer recognises him, believing that Taduno is dead. His girlfriend Lela has disappeared, taken away by government agents. As he wanders through his house in search of clues, he realises that any traces of his old life have been erased. All that was left of his life and himself are memories. But Taduno finds a new purpose: to unravel the mystery of his lost life and to find his lost love. Through this search, he comes to face a difficult decision: to sing for love or to sing for his people.

    Taduno’s Song is a moving tale of sacrifice, love and courage.

    3,500