Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi at the Kigali Public Library

Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi on UK’s Big Book Awards 2019 shortlist.

Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi’s Manchester Happened is on the UK’s Big Book Awards 2019 shortlist announced on May 8, 2019.

Big Book is an awards scheme and endorsement campaign led by magazines highlighting the finest new or emerging fiction and non-fiction titles in UK publishing. The awards, now in their second year, were won by Adam Kay, Juno Dawson and Jasmine Hemsley in 2018.

For the 2019 awards, each of the magazines and websites taking part has its own shortlist of books – ranging from beautifully illustrated children’s literature to in-depth, immersive long reads – one of which will be named that brand’s Book of the Year. The magazines taking part are Digital Spy, Best, Cosmopolitan, Good Housekeeping, Harper’s Bazaar, Prima, Red and Women’s Health.

From the shortlists from the many magazines, we couldn’t help but notice one name in Harper’s Bazaar list; Manchester Happened by Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi. The full Harper’s Bazaar shortlist is;

  • Manchester Happened by Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi.
  • Testament by Kim Sherwood.
  • The Last Landlady: An English Memoir by Laura Thompson.

The winners, chosen by a combination of magazine editors, industry experts, and readers, will be announced later this summer.

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