Following talented musician Devon and head girl Chiamaka, the only two black students at the overwhelmingly white Niveus Private Academy, Àbíké-Íyímídé’s novel is a thriller. It explores the fallout when gossip about the pair leaves them fighting for their reputations and eventually their lives.
Bedtime story sessions in the Deeley-Kielty home in Los Angeles are special. Cat Deeley, the So You Think You Can Dance host (since 2006) reads ‘everything and anything’ to their two sons Milo (4) and James (2) — from information on the cornflakes box and encyclopaedias on dinosaurs to classics like Peter Rabbit and the […]
“It was a very emotional moment. The novel was scheduled to come out in March and then it was delayed by five months. Of course, during the pandemic, it’s especially hard to bring out a book, especially with so many bookstores being closed and the publishing industry in dire straits. So many people have lost […]
Solomon uses the book, which is subtitled “a dozen kinds of love”, to investigate different types of family, including children born of rape, children convicted of crime, transgender people, deafness, dwarves, Down’s syndrome, schizophrenia and disability. The author said he was accepting the prize on the behalf of the families he interviewed while writing the […]
The judges, said the Wellcome prize’s organisers, were looking for books that “reward curiosity, inspire debate, move us, and through writing of the highest quality challenge the ways in which we imagine ourselves and the world around us”. Ken Arnold, the Wellcome Collection’s head of public programmes, said this year’s shortlist “affirms the abundant variety […]
Lacks was a poor African-American tobacco farmer from Virginia, who died at 31 and is buried in an unmarked grave. Yet the cells taken from her without her knowledge in an era of experimentation on African-Americans – the HeLa cells as they became known – have since replicated in research laboratories around the world, helping […]
These are not new challenges. In the 19th century, Austin Reed began writing The Life and the Adventures of a Haunted Convict—the first known prison memoir by an African American—from New York City’s oldest juvenile reformatory, where he was incarcerated at the age of 10. As Reginald Dwayne Betts wrote in The Atlantic, Reed’s story […]
Somewhat inevitably, Dusapin’s work has been compared to that of Marguerite Duras. Certainly, there are resonances when it comes to boundary-crossing, mismatched relationships as well as the iceberg-like quality of the prose which conceals depths. The young woman of Winter in Sokcho could well have smiled wryly if she had heard these lines from The […]
“He told me that one of his friends kept hankering for a crocodile as a pet and for a birthday, he was actually gifted a baby crocodile in a basket. Although he tried to keep it hidden in his bedroom, he realised that crocs are not all that easy to domesticate or look after at […]
“Can you believe that bulls**t? Can you believe people believe that bulls**t?” Cohen also claimed that the then presidential candidate had convinced a vast swathe of working-class white people in the Midwest that “he cared about their well-being”. “The truth was that he couldn’t care less”, Cohen wrote in his memoir.