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On tour: Reni Eddo-Lodge

British journalist and activist Reni Eddo-Lodge is the author of Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race (Bloomsbury) and will be one of the international guests at this year’s Melbourne Writers Festival, speaking on topics such as race, inclusivity in communities and decolonising feminism.

What would you put on a shelf-talker for your debut book, Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race?

This book will either challenge you or comfort you.

What are you reading right now?

I just finished reading Stay with Me by Ayobami Adebayo (Canongate).

What are you planning to read next?

Next on my pile is Augustown by Kei Miller (Weidenfeld & Nicolson).

Which book do you always recommend?

I recommend different books to different people.

What was the defining book of your childhood?

Probably Roald Dahl’s children’s books.

If you were a literary character you’d be …

I’ve not yet found a fit.

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

Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.

What’s your favourite book-related website or blog?

I can’t choose!

Hardback, paperback, digital or audio?


Facebook or Twitter?


In 50 years’ time books will be …

Still in print, because everyone needs something to read in the park on a sunny day.


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