For Such a Time as This (Hardback)
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For Such a Time as This (Hardback)

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Hardback 224 Pages
Published: 20/06/2024
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A group of young, Black British friends navigate their way through the ups and downs of modern London life, in this richly imagined collection of linked stories. 

'Heartachingly beautiful.' Lizzie Damilola Blackburn, author of Yinka, Where is Your Huzband?

'Full of heart.' Taiye Selasi, author of Ghana Must Go

'Devoured this in one day…suffused with love and warmth.' Jendella Benson, author of Hope & Glory

These are the people who sustain us through good times and bad.

Meet Niah and her friends. They’re young, they’re smart, they’re part of a tight friendship group determined to make the most of every day. And their lives are about to change forever.

From the tingling excitement of a new relationship to the challenges of online dating, from the shadow of racism in the workplace to the isolation of Covid-19, the stories in For Such a Time as This burst with romance and friendship. This stunning new collection is a powerful snapshot of the relationships – and moments – that make us who we are.

 

Publisher: Oneworld Publications
ISBN: 9780861546923
Number of pages: 224
Dimensions: 216 x 135 x 21 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

'All the stories are heartachingly beautiful.' Lizzie Damilola Blackburn, author of Yinka, Where is Your Huzband?

'A rich collection of stories that are visceral, thought provoking and convey every human emotion. Shani Akilah is a stunning and exciting new voice and a writer to watch.' Nadine Matheson, author of The Jigsaw Man

'A glittering new voice in the literary firmament.' Bernardine Evaristo, author of Girl, Woman, Other, Winner of the Booker Prize

'A group of young, Black British friends work their way through life's winding path of ups and downs. Prepare to be transported from London's Woolwich to Jamaica.' Marie Claire, 'Summer Reads' picks

'A warm book that opens up before you and beckons you into a world of community, closeness, hope and heart. Akilah's work is a delight.' Bolu Babalola, author of Honey & Spice

'Eloquent, accessible, and full of heart, these interconnected stories draw one into an unforgettable group of young Black-British friends. Funny, thought-provoking and deeply moving. An astonishing debut.' Taiye Selasi, author of Ghana Must Go

'The paginated equivalent of that first toe dipping into a steaming bath - a sparkling, thought-provoking debut collection full of warmth.' Onyi Nwabineli, author of Allow Me to Introduce Myself

'Moreish, tender and thoroughly engrossing... There's a warm and heartfelt quality to Shani's writing that makes this collection difficult to put down.' Jyoti Patel, author of The Things That They Lost

'For Such A Time As This is a collection that, like its stories, leaves one wanting more... A beautiful, gripping and humorously vivid work.' Nikki Adebiyi, founder of Bounce Black

'A bold new collection of short stories from a millennial Black British voice... to read her collection is truly beautiful. Get into it!' 'Book of Cinz', founder of Read Caribbean Month 

'Akilah doesn't shy away from the nitty-gritty of city life...but it's her celebrations of steadfast, soulful connections that stand out... Faith, friendship and family are the bedrocks of Akilah's clued-in, conversational debut... There's an eloquent immediacy of these interlinked stories of Black Londoners.' Daily Mail

'Each story will pull on your heartstrings, for different reasons – you’ll laugh, cry and rage along with the protagonist of each story. A beautiful debut from an author to watch.' Amazon Summer Reading: Short story collections

'Akilah’s voice is intimate, and each story is approached with care and compassion for her characters and their experiences. It's the perfect book for a warm summer's day.' Caleb Azumah Nelson, author of Open Water

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“Wonderful Connected Short Stories”

Thank you to the publishers for this wonderful and totally unexpected read.
This is a book of connected short stories which I loved!
This first story stole my heart and from that point onwards I was just reading one... More

Hardback edition
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“A dazzling collection of stories!”

Not only one of my favourite covers this year, but also one of my favourite short story collections ever! I find it hard to get hooked on short stories usually, but I absolutely raced through this one, often reading... More

Hardback edition
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“”

The stories as part of a collection was astounding also each story on its own as a full blown book would also be mind blowing. This read was like a meal,so delicious savoured every word of it.

This book is so... More

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