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A Spell of Good Things

Ayobami Adebayo

Published: 9th February 2023 A compelling state-of-the-nation novel about modern Nigeria, A Spell of Good Things throws together two children from vastly different backgrounds in a masterly dissection of wealth, politics and poverty. Eniola is tall for his age, a boy who looks like a man. His father has lost his job, so Eniola spends his days running errands for the local tailor, collecting newspapers and begging, dreaming of a big future. Wuraola is a golden girl, the perfect child of a wealthy family. Now an exhausted young doctor in her first year of practice, she is beloved by Kunle, the volatile son of family friends. When a local politician takes an interest in Eniola and sudden violence shatters a family party, Wuraola and Eniola's lives become intertwined. In this breath-taking novel, Ayobami Adebayo shines her light on Nigeria, on the gaping divide between the haves and the have-nots, and the shared humanity that lives in between. Publisher: Canongate ISBN: 9781838856045
RRP: £18.99
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Our Curators said...

This Dazzling new novel from Ayobami tells a deeply compelling tale of two complex characters and their intertwining lives, against the backdrop of political corruption and power struggles.

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What the Critics are Saying

A moving story, skilfully told, about Eniola, a boy whose future has been snatched away from him, and Wuraola, a talented, overworked junior doctor, whose intertwined narratives combine to produce an insightful portrait of an unequal and deeply divided society moving towards a terrible crisis. A Spell of Good Things is both gripping and memorable

Pat Barker

All characters matter in Ayobami Adebayo’s intricate, haunting and timely fictional exploration of classism and sexism set in Nigeria’s election season

Sefi Atta

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