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The Book Of Echoes

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Published: March 2020
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BIC Subject: Historical fiction
 
Published: 03-Mar-2020
Format: Paperback, 360 pages, 0x0mm
ISBN: 9780857526724
Stock Code: 7526724
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'A searing, rhapsodic novel. The Book of Echoes is filled with beauty, devastation and the power of ancestral connections that ripple through the ages' IRENOSEN OKOJIE

'So bewitching I almost felt like I time-travelled back into Brixton 1981. A gorgeous book - totally recommended.' ALEX WHEATLE

A sweeping, uplifting story of how a boy from Brixton and a girl from Lagos escape their dark past and find themselves a bright future

It is 1981, and England looks forward to a new decade. But on the streets of Brixton, it's hard to hold onto your optimism, especially if you are a young black man. Racial tensions rumble, and now Michael Watson might land in jail for a crime he did not commit.

Thousands of miles away, Nigeria is recovering from civil war. Low-caste Ngozi is hopeful of an education as she leaves her village to find work as a servant.

From the gritty pavements of London to the dusty roads of Lagos, Michael and Ngozi are bound by the traumas of their ancestral past, but also - if they can grasp it - by the possibility of a bright new future.

Told by the spirit of a woman searching through time for her scattered descendants, THE BOOK OF ECHOES hums with horror and beauty, tragedy and triumph. Rosanna Amaka's remarkable debut marks her as a vibrant new voice in fiction.'A searing, rhapsodic novel. The Book of Echoes is filled with beauty, devastation and the power of ancestral connections that ripple through the ages' IRENOSEN OKOJIE

'So bewitching I almost felt like I time-travelled back into Brixton 1981. A gorgeous book - totally recommended.' ALEX WHEATLE

A sweeping, uplifting story of how a boy from Brixton and a girl from Lagos escape their dark past and find themselves a bright future

It is 1981, and England looks forward to a new decade. But on the streets of Brixton, it's hard to hold onto your optimism, especially if you are a young black man. Racial tensions rumble, and now Michael Watson might land in jail for a crime he did not commit.

Thousands of miles away, Nigeria is recovering from civil war. Low-caste Ngozi is hopeful of an education as she leaves her village to find work as a servant.

From the gritty pavements of London to the dusty roads of Lagos, Michael and Ngozi are bound by the traumas of their ancestral past, but also - if they can grasp it - by the possibility of a bright new future.

Told by the spirit of a woman searching through time for her scattered descendants, THE BOOK OF ECHOES hums with horror and beauty, tragedy and triumph. Rosanna Amaka's remarkable debut marks her as a vibrant new voice in fiction.
ROSANNA AMAKA was born to African and Caribbean parents. She began writing THE BOOK OF ECHOES twenty years ago to give voice to the Brixton community in which she grew up. Her community was fast disappearing - as a result of gentrification, emigration back to the Caribbean and Africa, or simply with the passing away of the older generation. Its depiction of unimaginable pain redeemed by love and hope was also inspired by a wish to understand the impact of history on present-day lives. Rosanna Amaka lives in South London. This is her first novel.