Moving between 1980s Brixton and Nigeria, The Book of Echoes skilfully explores racial tensions, gentrification and intergenerational trauma. Narrated by the spirit of an African female slave in 1803, she roams across the world in search of her lost children when she makes her way to present-day Brixton. Michael is trying to avoid trouble when rioting erupts and elsewhere in, Nigeria, a young servant girl called Ngozi struggles to escape her status. A novel 20 years in the making, this is a poignant and powerful debut.
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