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Chika Unigwe

Nigerian-born Chika Unigwe has been praised as ‘one of the most probing, thought-provoking writers of the recent renaissance in African fiction’.

She tells stories of African women oppressed by poverty and their gender – in Europe and at home. Her prose is as alluring as her subjects are challenging; her characters empathetic and courageous.

For her second novel, On Black Sisters’ Street, Unigwe researched the lives of African women working in the European sex trade, exploring the complex social and economic reasons for their presence.

The New York Times has praised her ‘sly, generous humour’ and hailed her as a ‘latter-day Thackeray’.


Portrait of Paddy O'Reilly

Paddy O'Reilly

Paddy O’Reilly is a writer from Melbourne. Her work has been published and broadcast widely both here and internationally. Her latest novel, The Fine Colour of Rust, is published in the UK, Australia and the USA.

Portrait of Chika Unigwe

Chika Unigwe

Nigerian born Chika Unigwe writes novels, poetry, children’s books and non-fiction. Unigwe writes in both Dutch and English, and two of her novels are now available in English: On Black Sisters’ Street and most recently Night Dancer.


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