If you don’t read much, beyond blogs and stuff, you’ll probably love my Extinction of Menai, Diary of a Witch-Doctor’s Writer-in-Residence, and a dozen other novels of that ilk, because they’re not yet published.
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Kindle version of The Ghost of Sani Abacha. (Free on 26th July – see FREEBIES above)
A harassed servant plots his grim revenge (A History of Human Servitude)… Sheri puts a potential boyfriend to the test (Man Rating)… Phiri contends for his civil service career (The Fall of Phiri Bombai)…and a politician in his finest hour finds himself possessed by a begoggled demon (The Ghost of Sani Abacha)…26 stories of life and love in the aftermath of autocracy, delivered with wit and insight by one of Africa’s most incisive writers.
Kindle version of Diaries of a Dead African
Diaries of a Dead African is a novel comprising the three journals of an embattled farmer, Meme Jumai, and his two sons, Abel (failed writer) and Calama (aspiring conman). Meme Jumai quietly struggles to continue his dignified existence in his small African town of Ikerre-Oti. His wife’s desertion – and her self-imposed divorce settlement – conspires with a particularly bad harvest to bring him to a life crisis. His two sons have abandoned him and he is compelled to conquer his pride and test the robustness of his human relationships, with tragicomic consequences. Meme is obsessed with the fear of dying the death of a lizard: “a death without heritage, lying three or four days in…bed before [being] discovered, and even then, thrown away with hissing, with neither outcry nor mourning.” But as his crisis looms nearer, his options for avoiding his greatest fear becomes more and more limited…Following his father’s lynching, Calama returns home to Ikerre-Oti. His own downward spiral into want is stupendously truncated by the timely success of a con practised on the rich American, Billy Barber. His life becomes a fairy-tale, worlds apart from the nightmare that was his father’s life.
But when “the greatest secret in the Jumai household” outs, nothing, it seems, can keep his life on its happy rails. Abel had built his life on the simple ethic of fleeing discomfort and confrontation. With his father dying at 50 and his younger brother at 25, he has every incentive to stay on the run. Yet, he is heir to Calama’s illicit fortune and on the threshold of achieving his own publishing ambitions. How to outlive father and brother – without fleeing the very opportunities he had craved all his life…