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The Street, Winner take All, Jelly Baby - Librarian Book Picks

By Nkem Egenuka on Mon, 17/10/2016 - 15:45

What are you reading this week? Check out the top three books we can’t wait to read, selected for you by our librarian

Fiction

The Street by Bandele Biyi

The novel is inhabited by eccentric, mesmerizing characters, who, according to the unnamed narrator, are 'people reaching out to one another. Through these characters, Biyi Bandele creates a surreal social milieu in which he positions the restored relationship between the painter, Nehushta, and her father, Ossie Jones. Bandele's blend of humour, sentimentality and the fantastic is an invigorating literary exploration of diasporic reality in contemporary Britain.

Non-fiction

Winner take All by Odunewu Alade

This book contains a selection of articles reflecting the broad range of the thoughts and jottings about men and matters, politics and the practitioners, government and the governed, perennial struggle between the powerful and the weak and struggle between the rich and the poor...

Children fiction

Jelly Baby by Begho Philip

In a camp for boy soldiers during Sierra Leone's internecine war, a bizarre drama plays itself out. At the centre of it is Jelly Baby- a little wisp of a boy barely the size of the AK-47 each child must bear. In this powerful indictment of child soldiering, the twists and turns of the author leave us breathless and deepen our sense of the madness of wars in which flesh must eat flesh.

 

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