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The spider king's daughter /
Chibundu Onuzo.
imprint
London : Faber and Faber, 2012.
description
288 p. ; 22 cm.
ISBN
0571268897 (pbk.), 9780571268894 (pbk.)
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imprint
London : Faber and Faber, 2012.
isbn
0571268897 (pbk.)
9780571268894 (pbk.)
catalogue key
8533428
A Look Inside
Awards
This item was nominated for the following awards:
Betty Trask Prize and Awards, GBR, 2013 : Nominated
Commonwealth Writers Prize, GBR, 2013 : Nominated
Excerpts
Flap Copy
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. A world away from Abike's mansion, in the city's slums, lives an eighteen-year-old hawker struggling to make sense of the world. His family lost everything after his father's death and now he sells ice cream at the side of the road to support his mother and sister. When Abike buys ice cream from the hawker one afternoon, they strike up a tentative and unlikely romance. But as they grow closer, revelations from the past threaten their relationship and both Abike and the hawker must decide where their loyalties lie.
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Guardian UK, March 2012
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Summaries
Back Cover Copy
A thrilling debut novel of star-crossed love and divided loyalties set in contemporary Lagos. I looked at her face while she was bringing out her wallet. Her skin was so smooth I wanted to slide my finger along it. She passed me a two hundred Naira note with a smile that showed her perfect, white teeth. It would have been so easy to sprint off with her money. I gave her the change before placing the ice-cream in her palm. Someone else would have to show her that the world was not filled with honest hawkers and unicorns. 'Thank you,' she said. Words I don't hear often. I nodded and walked back to the side of the road.
Bowker Data Service Summary
17-year-old Abike Johnson is the favourite child of her wealthy father. When Abike buys ice cream from a roadside hawker one day, they strike up an unlikely and tentative romance, defying the prejudices of Nigerian society. But when revelations from the past threaten their relationship, both must decide where their loyalties lie.
Main Description
Shortlisted for the Dylan Thomas Prize Longlisted for the Desmond Elliot Prize The Spider King's Daughter is a modern-day Romeo and Juliet set against the backdrop of a changing Lagos, a city torn between tradition and modernity, corruption and truth, love and family loyalty. Seventeen-year-old Abike Johnson is the favourite child of her wealthy father. She lives in a 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.
Main Description
The Spider King’s Daughter is a modern-day Romeo and Juliet set against the backdrop of a changing Lagos, a city torn between tradition and modernity, corruption and truth, love and family loyalty. Seventeen-year-old Abike Johnson is the favourite child of her wealthy father. She lives in a 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.

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