Manchester Happened (Hardback)
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Manchester Happened (Hardback)

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Hardback 320 Pages / Published: 23/05/2019
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SHORTLISTED FOR THE HEARST BIG BOOK AWARDS 2019

AN AMBITIOUS AND ASSURED COLLECTION OF SHORT STORIES FROM THE INTERNATIONALLY ACCLAIMED AUTHOR OF KINTU

If there's one thing the characters in Jennifer Makumbi's stories know, it's how to field an uncomfortable question.

'Let me buy you a cup of tea...what are you doing in England?'

'Do these children of yours speak any Luganda?'

'Did you know that man Idi Amin?'

But perhaps the most difficult question of all is the one they ask themselves: 'You mean this is England?'

Told with empathy, humour and compassion, these vibrant, kaleidoscopic stories re-imagine the journey of Ugandans who choose to make England their home. Weaving between Manchester and Kampala, this dazzling collection will captivate anyone who has ever wondered what it means to truly belong.

Publisher: Oneworld Publications
ISBN: 9781786075895
Number of pages: 320
Dimensions: 225 x 146 x 28 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
`A thoughtful writer who quietly, engagingly, pierces the reality of relocating to Britain. Manchester Happened explores the emotional nuance of the immigrant experience.' * Observer *
`Majestic...exactly the stories we all need.' * Los Angeles Times *
`Manchester Happened glitters with... Makumbi's terrific turn of phrase... Dedicated to the `fearless Ugandans in the diaspora' [Manchester Happened] provides an entertaining insight into their lives. It is a fascinating collection and confirms Makumbi as an exciting new voice.' * New Humanist *
`In her latest collection of short stories, Jennifer Makumbi speaks to the struggles of immigration... As much as their tone is light...they are also evidently indirectly political. You cannot run away from the searing undertones of alienation, struggle with identity, and finding a home away from home.' * The Star, (Kenya) *
The Short Story Salon: Julia Armfield and Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi

The Short Story Salon: Julia Armfield and Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi

London - Gower Street
Thursday 18th July 18:30

Part of The Summer of Testaments season at Gower Street: Alice Slater will be speaking to Julia Armfield about her debut collection of stories salt slow, and Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi, who will discuss her new collection Manchester Happened

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