Irenosen Okojie is a Nigerian British writer. Her debut novel Butterfly Fish won a Betty Trask award and was shortlisted for an Edinburgh International First Book Award. Her work has been featured in The New York Times, The Observer,The Guardian, the BBC and the Huffington Post amongst other publications. Her short stories have been published internationally including Salt’s Best British Short Stories 2017, Kwani? and The Year’s Best Weird Fiction. She was presented at the London Short Story Festival by Booker Prize winning author Ben Okri as a dynamic writing talent to watch and featured in the Evening Standard Magazine as one of London’s exciting new authors. Her short story collection Speak Gigantular, published by Jacaranda Books was shortlisted for the Edgehill Short Story Prize, the Jhalak Prize, the Saboteur Awards and nominated for a Shirley Jackson Award. She was recently inducted as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature as one of the Forty Under Forty initiative.
A man with recurring haunting dreams struggles to cope after a horrific act committed by his wife and her vanishing into thin air. This is a bewitching, dark fairy tale set in New York exploring spousal love, parental obsession and the idea that the people we know are often still strangers. It's a captivating odyssey, full of magic, mystery and secrets.
The Time Before The Time To Come
Traversing London and New Zealand and intertwining the past and the present, the story follows Victoria on a journey to rediscover her Maori heritage, slowly unravelling the past to make sense of the present. It's a story of family ties, betrayal, loss and how personal tragedies can shape us, an evocative, beautiful book.
The Loney meets The Girls in this mesmerising Gothic thriller. Eve and Dinah, two friends raised in a community of strays and orphans are ruled by a strange figure called Uncle on the isle of Altnahara in the black sea off the wild coast of Scotland. As the world outside breaks the isolation of Altnahara, a devastating tragedy occurs, with contrasting accounts, only one of the girls can be telling the truth. This is a wonderfully dark, unsettling read.