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Imbolo Mbue

In 2017 Oprah Winfrey choose Imbolo Mbue’s first novel, Behold the Dreamers, as an Oprah Book Club pick. The Cameroonian writer's follow-up, How Beautiful We Were, is set in the fictional African village of Kosawa and tells the story of a people living in fear amidst environmental degradation wrought by an American oil company. Pipeline spills have rendered farmlands infertile. Children are dying from drinking toxic water.

Promises of clean-up and financial reparations are made – and ignored. The country’s government exists to serve its own interest only. Left with few choices, the people of Kosawa decide to fight back. But their fight will come at a steep price… one which generation after generation will have to pay.

Imbolo Mbue's Behold The Dreamers was a New York Times bestseller and won the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction. The novel has been translated into eleven languages, adapted into an opera and a stage play, and has been optioned for a miniseries. Her new novel, How Beautiful We Were, has just been published. A native of Limbe, Cameroon, Mbue lives in New York City.

Imbolo Mbue is a storyteller of astonishing gifts. How Beautiful We Were reminds me of how interconnected we remain, no matter who or where we are.
- Tracey K. Smith, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Life On Mars

A formidable storyteller.
- Jonathan Franzen



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Behold the Dreamers: An Oprah's Book Club pick

Paperback, 10/08/2017, £8.99
WINNER OF THE 2017 PEN/FAULKNER AWARD A NEW YORK TIMES BOOK OF THE YEAR AN OBSERVER BOOK OF THE YEAR 'A formidable storyteller' Jonathan Franzen 'Savage and compassionate in all the right places' New York Times Book Review

How Beautiful We Were

Hardback, 11/03/2021, £14.99
From the author of the New York Times bestseller Behold the Dreamers, comes a sweeping story about the collision of a small African village and an American oil company
Canterbury Festival 2022
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