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Sankofa: A Reese Witherspoon Book Club Pick and a BBC 2 Between the Covers Book Club Pick

Chibundu Onuzo

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Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

A funny, gripping and surprising story of a mixed-race British woman who goes in search of the African father she never knew, by award-winning author Chibundu Onuzo.

***A REESE WITHERSPOON BOOK CLUB PICK***

***A BBC 2 BETWEEN THE COVERS BOOK CLUB PICK***

A woman wondering who she really is goes in search of a father she never knew - only to find something far more complicated than she ever expected - in this moving and hopeful novel of self-discovery.

'I LOVED Sankofa SO MUCH' MARIAN KEYES

Anna is at a stage of her life when she's beginning to wonder who she really is. She has separated from her husband, her daughter is all grown up, and her mother - the only parent who raised her - is dead.

Searching through her mother's belongings, she finds clues about the West African father she never knew. Through reading his student diary, chronicling his involvement in radical politics in 1970s London, she discovers that he eventually became the president - some would say the dictator - of Bamana in West Africa. And he is still alive.

She decides to track him down and so begins a funny, painful, fascinating journey, and an exploration of race, identity and what we pass on to our children.

'Utterly compelling' STYLIST

'Slick pacing and unpredictable developments keep the reader alert right up to the novel's exhilarating ending' GUARDIAN BOOK OF THE DAY

'Wonderful. Poignant and powerful and so timely and the beautiful ending had me in tears, reminding me to look within as well as without for my answers' STELLA DUFFY

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Praise for Sankofa: A Reese Witherspoon Book Club Pick and a BBC 2 Between the Covers Book Club Pick

  • Onuzo displays astonishing imagination and versatility in this fantastic novel about a woman's search for her personal, familial and national identity, delivered with deadpan humour in captivating prose - Sefi Atta

  • Slick pacing and unpredict able developments keep the reader alert right up to the novel's exhilarating ending - Guardian Book of the Day

  • Utterly compelling ... A disarmingly moving, surprisingly hilarious and fascinating journey - Stylist

  • Wonderful. Poignant and powerful and so timely and the beautiful ending had me in tears, reminding me to look within as well as without for my answers - Stella Duffy, 2021

  • A hugely compelling novel about identity and the stories we tell about ourselves - Anna James (2021)

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Chibundu Onuzo

Chibundu Onuzo was born in Lagos, Nigeria. Her life so far spans two military dictatorships, one internet revolution, two boarding schools, five grandmothers and a first book deal signed at nineteen. Chibundu's first novel, The Spider King's Daughter, was published by Faber in 2012 and was the winner of a Betty Trask Award, shorted for the Dylan Thomas Prize and the Commonwealth Book Prize and longlisted for the Desmond Elliott Prize and Etisalat Literature Prize. Her second novel, Welcome to Lagos, was published by Faber in 2017 and shortlisted for the RSL Encore Award. In 2018 Chibundu was elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, as part of its "40 Under 40" initiative. She contributes regularly to the Guardian, has done a talk for Tedx and her autobiographical show 1991, featuring narrative, music, song and dance, premiered in a sell-out show at Southbank Centre's London Literature Festival in 2018. Find her on Twitter and Instagram @chibunduonuzo.

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