Orphaned by the civil war in Sierra Leone, Ishmael Beah told his own story in A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier. Radiance of Tomorrow is his first novel.

My life in the bush of books – Ishmael Beah, writer

1.    Favourite book ever – ‘Stay with Me’ by Ayobami Adebayo

2.    Why? Simple, beautiful, appealing and thank God no tree or sunrise.

3.    Last book read?  ‘Waiting for the Wild Beasts to Vote’ by Ahmadou Kourouma.

4.    Packing for a journey and allowed to take one book. What will it be?  ‘Life and Times of Michael K’ by J.M, Coetzee

5.    Why? It speaks to the idea of freedom.

6.    Who is your favourite author/writer?: J.M. Coetzee.

7.    Do you think Nigerians read? Yes.

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