Here are 3 books I’ve read and fallen in love with this year.
‘The Long Song’ Andrea Levy
If you’ve read this already, I know I know, I’m late. If you haven’t, get buying now! This novel from the acclaimed ‘Small Island’ author, had me hooked from the get go! I was initially ambivalent about reading a novel on slavery, as you know, not everyday negativity, however a page into this and that feeling went. There IS a harrowing current that runs throughout this book, but it is necessary, and above that is a witty, charming and emotive story.
‘The Fishermen’ Chigozie Obioma
This book narrowly missed out on the 2015 Man Booker Prize ( to the incredible ‘A Brief History of Seven Killings, google it!), but it is still a winner to me, particularly as it is Obioma’s debut. Set in Akure, a town in Western Nigeria, this book tells the tale of four brothers and a prophecy that breaks them. The writing style is superb, and every word used powerful. I read this at every possible hour, nearly missing train stops because of it. If this is the magic Obioma writes in his first book I CANNOT wait for the next!
‘Till the Well Runs Dry’ Lauren Francis Sharma
I actually saw this book on the gram, and had no expectations, good or bad, I just wanted something to read. Well, well, well, what can I say…Lauren Francis Sharma tells a colourful and captivating story of love, life, secrets and obeah (black magic). Another spectacular debut, the words fly you to Trinidad, where you grow to love and bond with the main character Marcia, and yearn to find out all the mystery surrounding her. A joy to read! Who says preeing for hours on Instagram can’t be fruitful…