Nigerian author’s debut novel nominated for British literary prize

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Ayobami Adebayo, author of the well-received novel Stay with Me, has been long-listed for the Wellcome Book Prize.

Stay with Me is the Nigerian author’s debut novel, which the New York Times described as a “stunning debut novel”.

The publishers described it as a “heart-breaking tale of what wanting a child can do to a person, a marriage and a family; a powerful and vivid story of what it means to love not wisely but too well”.

The 30-year-old Adebayo is the only African author to have made the 12-title long-list for the British literary award.

The eventual winner will walk away with a prize of £30 000 (just over R500 000).

Read SA Breaking News’ review of Adebayo’s heart-breakingly beautiful tale here.

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