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Nnedi Okorafor
Lagoon

Aliens have landed off the coast of Lagos, Nigeria. Immediately, they change pollution levels, marine life, the quality of the ocean water – and that’s just before they get to land. Nnedi Okorafor’s novel Lagoon is both a fun, high-action romp through the old sci-fi tropes of alien arrival, and in many ways a carefully considered decolonisation of the genre and its Eurocentric epistemological underpinnings.

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Nicole Watson
The Boundary

They should adapt this book into a movie. It’s a dark, gritty crime noir waiting to be made. What makes it more than your average whodunit murder-mystery genre-novel is the context of its setting.

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Ben Okri
Dangerous Love

Set in Lagos, Nigeria, during the 1970s, Dangerous Love follows the story of Omovo, a young man who finds himself trapped in a life that is anything but easy: his mother is dead and his brothers escaped a home controlled by a recently remarried, violent and disillusioned father.

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Karosh Taha
Im Bauch der Königin

In an undefined neighbourhood of an undefined German town live a boy and a girl. They grow up, experience first love affairs, first disappointments. So far, so conventional – but Karosh Taha’s novel Im Bauch der Königin (“In the Belly of the Queen”) is not primarily a heterosexual coming-of-age story.

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Bernardine Evaristo
Girl, Woman, Other

Bernardine Evaristo’s Booker-prize-winning Girl, Woman, Other tells the stories of twelve people – as the dust jacket puts it – ‘mostly women, mostly Black’ for whom Britain has, in one way or another, been a home.

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