Our guest today is Rosanna Amaka, whose debut novel The Book of Echoes came out in the now long-distant era of February this year, though I spoke to her just before her publication date. The Book of Echoes is a powerful novel that encompasses several different points in history, including the slave trade and the Brixton Riots. Alex Wheatle, who also writes about that part of London, said the following about the Book of Echoes: ‘So bewitching I almost felt like I time-travelled back into Brixton 1981. A gorgeous book’. The Observer called it impassioned, lyrical, and affecting, and the Independent called it powerfully redemptive.

Rosanna Amaka talked about her long and winding path to publication, how Brixton has changed over the years, and more.

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Books Mentioned on the Podcast:

The Book of Echoes, by Rosanna Amaka

The Nickel Boys, by Colson Whitehead

The Underground Railroad, by Colson Whitehead

The Intuitionist, by Colson Whitehead

The Flatshare, by Beth O’Leary

The Switch, by Beth O’Leary

A Theatre for Dreamers, by Polly Samson

You People, by Nikita Lalwani


Stim, by Lizzie Huxley-Jones

Sway, by Dr Pragya Agarwal

Ma’am Darling: 99 Glimpses of Princess Margaret, by Craig Brown

One Two Three Four, by Craig Brown

Unscripted, by Claire Handscombe



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