(Published Feb. 2020)
SHORTLISTED FOR AUTHOR'S CLUB FIRST NOVEL AWARD SHORTLISTED FOR THE RSL CHRISTOPHER BLAND PRIZE SHORTLISTED FOR THE HWA DEBUT CROWN AWARD
Narrated by the spirit of an enslaved African woman, who died over two hundred years ago, and roams the earth in search of her lost children.
She will make her way to England where Michael is trying to stay out of trouble as riots spit and boil down the streets of South London, and all the way to a sun-baked village in Nigeria, where a servant girl named Ngozi struggles to escape poverty.
As the invisible threads that draw her to these lives are pulled ever tighter, The Book of Echoes asks: how can we overcome the traumas of the past when they are woven, so inextricably, with the present?
(Published Feb. 2023)
One war, one soldier, one enduring love
1939: In a village in south-east Nigeria on the brink of the Second World War, young Obi watches from a mango tree as a colonial army jeep speeds by, filled with soldiers laughing and shouting, their buttons shining in the sun. To Obi, their promise of a smart uniform and regular wages is hard to resist, especially as he has his sweetheart Rose to impress and a family to support.
Years later, when Rose falls pregnant to another man, his heart is shattered. As the Burma Campaign mounts, and Obi is shipped out to fight, he is haunted by the mystery of Rose's lover. When his identity comes to light, Obi's devastation leads to a tragic chain of unexpected events.
'Wholly beguiling and spirited' THE TIMES
'Refreshing. Vividly conveys how the historical injustice of colonialism continues to reverberate' GUARDIAN