Apr 30, 2020
On episode 61, we hear from Rosanna Amaka, whose debut novel The Book of Echoes came out in the now long-distant era of February this year, though I spoke to her just before her publication date. The Book of Echoes is a powerful novel that encompasses several different points in history, including the slave trade and the Brixton Riots. Alex Wheatle, who also writes about that part of London, said the following about the Book of Echoes: 'So bewitching I almost felt like I time-travelled back into Brixton 1981. A gorgeous book'. The Observer called it impassioned, lyrical, and affecting, and the Independent called it powerfully redemptive.
Rosanna Amaka talked about her long and winding path to publication, how Brixton has changed over the years, and more.
Books Mentioned on the Podcast:
The Book of Echoes, by Rosanna Amaka
The Nickel Boys, by Colson Whitehead
The Underground Railroad, by Colson Whitehead
The Intuitionist, by Colson Whitehead
The Flatshare, by Beth O'Leary
The Switch, by Beth O'Leary
A Theatre for Dreamers, by Polly Samson
You People, by Nikita Lalwani
Stim, by Lizzie Huxley-Jones
Sway, by Dr Pragya Agarwal
Ma'am Darling: 99 Glimpses of Princess Margaret, by Craig Brown
One Two Three Four, by Craig Brown
Unscripted, by Claire Handscombe
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