What a year to be Chigozie Obioma. His debut novel The Fishermen has been causing serious waves in the literary award scene in recent weeks with a longlist on the Man Booker Prize at the end of July. This was followed a few days later with him making the shortlist of the FT/Oppenheimer Fund Emerging Voices.
Now Obioma has another accolade; the same book is in the running for the Guardian First Book Prize 2015. So what is it that this book published by One, Pushkin Press the prize committees have been going gaga about? No idea. It is described as the story of four middle-class Nigerian brothers who disastrously truant from school to go fishing in a local river.
I can’t wait to get my mitts on that book.