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On Tour: Meet the author Chigozie Obioma

Nigerian author Chigozie Obioma’s debut novel The Fisherman (Scribe) is the story of four brothers whose encounter with a madman and a prophecy threatens the stability of their lives and relationships. He will be attending Byron Bay Writers Festival in early August.

What would you put on a shelf-talker for your latest book?
A coming of age modern-day legend.

What are you reading right now?
I’m re-reading The Road by Cormac McCarthy (Picador) and Where All the Lights Tend to Go by David Joy (Penguin US).

What are you planning to read next?
Wolf, Wolf by Eben Venter (Scribe).

Which book do you always recommend?
The Palm-Wine Drinkard by Amos Tutuola (Faber); The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy (HarperPerennial); Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov (Penguin); and The Sinkings by Amanda Curtin (UWA Publishing).

What was the defining book of your childhood?
The Palm-Wine Drinkard by Amos Tutuola (Faber).

If you were a literary character you’d be …
Holden Caulfield.

What’s your favourite book adaptation (film, television or theatre)?
Cold Mountain.

What’s your favourite books website or blog?
The Millions.  

Hardback, paperback or digital?

Facebook or Twitter?

In 50 years’ time books will be …
Something only a few people are interested in.



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