We Need New Names (Paperback)
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We Need New Names (Paperback)

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Paperback Published: 27/02/2014
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This book is Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2013. US National Book Award 5 Under 35. Winner of the Etisalat Prize 2014. Winner of the Hemingway Foundation/PEN Award 2014. Winner of a Betty Trask Award 2014. 'To play the country-game, we have to choose a country. Everybody wants to be the USA and Britain and Canada and Australia and Switzerland and them. Nobody wants to be rags of countries like Congo, like Somalia, like Iraq, like Sudan, like Haiti and not even this one we live in - who wants to be a terrible place of hunger and things falling apart?' Darling and her friends live in a shanty called Paradise, which of course is no such thing. It isn't all bad, though. There's mischief and adventure, games of Find bin Laden, stealing guavas, singing Lady Gaga at the tops of their voices. They dream of the paradises of America, Dubai, Europe, where Madonna and Barack Obama and David Beckham live. For Darling, that dream will come true. But, like the thousands of people all over the world trying to forge new lives far from home, Darling finds this new paradise brings its own set of challenges - for her and also for those she's left behind.

Publisher: Vintage Publishing
ISBN: 9780099581888

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This is one of the most thought provoking novels I have read in many years. The daily horror of life for Darling and her assorted pals in Paradise is truly shocking for the reader and yet when she escapes to live with... More

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“An exciting new voice”

In the last year, the novels coming out about African countries have been absolutely astounding. Each one I've read recently has taught me something important about displacement, racism and loss.
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“Not to be missed!”

This is an amazing novel about someone who cannot belong anywhere. Written in the voice of Darling, the story takes the reader through her life as it begins, and ends perhaps ten or so years later, her life still... More

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