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The Spider King's Daughter (Paperback)

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Paperback 304 Pages / Published: 07/02/2013
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Winner of a Betty Trask Award Shortlisted for the Dylan Thomas Prize and the Commonwealth Book Prize Longlisted for the Desmond Elliot Prize Seventeen-year-old Abike Johnson is the favourite child of her wealthy father. She lives in a sprawling mansion in Lagos, protected by armed guards and ferried everywhere in a huge black jeep. But being her father's favourite comes with uncomfortable duties, and she is often lonely behind the high walls of her house. A world away from Abike's mansion, in the city's slums, lives a seventeen-year-old hawker struggling to make sense of the world. His family lost everything after his father's death and now he runs after cars on the roadside selling ice cream to support his mother and sister. When Abike buys ice cream from the hawker one day, they strike up an unlikely and tentative romance, defying the prejudices of Nigerian society. But as they grow closer, revelations from the past threaten their relationship and both Abike and the hawker must decide where their loyalties lie.

Publisher: Faber & Faber
ISBN: 9780571268917
Number of pages: 304
Weight: 230 g
Dimensions: 195 x 125 x 15 mm
Edition: Main

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“A refreshing read!”

This brilliant debut novel brings together issues of class differences with a compelling love story set in the boisterous backdrop of modern day Lagos (Nigeria). It ends with a telling statement about how far love and... More

Paperback edition
14th March 2012
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“A refreshing read!”

This brilliant debut novel brings together issues of class differences with a compelling love story set in the boisterous backdrop of modern day Lagos (Nigeria). It ends with a telling statement about how far love and... More

Paperback edition
14th March 2012
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“Worlds collide”

Abike Johnson is the favourite daughter of an infamously rich businessman.
Her life is a life of privilege and luxury with nothing ever being denied to her.
One day she takes a shine to a street hawker and soon a... More

Paperback edition
15th February 2014
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