Amaka’s impassioned novel is narrated by a woman taken into slavery in the early 19th century whose spirit continues to roam the earth 200 years later. We meet Michael, of Jamaican descent, growing up in south London in 1981 during the Brixton riots. Meanwhile, in a village in Nigeria, a young girl, Ngozi, is desperate to escape the poverty she has been born into as she becomes a maid to a wealthy family in the city. Exploring themes of generational trauma, colonialism, racism and resilience, it’s a lyrical and affecting debut.
The Living Sea of Waking Dreams
"At the heart of this latest novel from Booker winner Richard Flanagan there is a powerful tale of a family trying to decide whether to prolong the life of a dying relative, but some of the more fantastical elements seem out of kilter..."
— The Scotsman
3.57 out of 5