Rosanna Amaka – Debut author discusses a novel 2 decades in the making

Our first guest of 2022 is Rosanna Amaka. Her debut novel is ‘The Book of Echoes’, which tells the story of 16 year old Michael, always in trouble, who falls in love with Ngozi, a young Nigerian immigrant. It was shortlisted for The Author’s Club First Novel award, also the RSL Christopher Bland Prize, and the HWA Debut Crown Award.

It’s a story Rosanna has tried to get published for 20 years, and she reveals the secrets to how it finally happened.

We talk about the creative buzz of the area she wrote the novel in, and how that affected things, also how the story drove her to write on, and why it’s told through the eyes of the spirit of an African Slave.

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