Tiny Sunbirds Far Away
When their father leaves the family for another woman, Blessing and her brother Ezikiel have to leave their comfortable life in Lagos to go and live with their grandparents in a rural compound just outside Warri.
Adapting to life in the poor countryside is a shock: there is no running water or electricity and no school to attend, Grandfather Alhaji is a firm believer in the healing properties of Marmite, while Grandma has a secret profession. And there’s Alhaji’s new wife, Celestine, who is obsessed with bright Lycra tops and bad hairpieces. But even as Blessing settles into this new life, her brother becomes drawn into the world of the local militancy.
This year’s winner of the Costa Award for New Novel, Christie Watson’s Tiny Sunbirds is a beautifully-written coming of age story set in the Niger Delta, about what it means to be human in a world of greed and corruption.
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