Radio Sunrise by Anietie Isong is one of six shortlisted titles to be considered by a panel comprising staff and students from all faculties and departments for the Kingston University (London) Big Read in April, making the London-based Mr. Isong the first Nigerian author to have his novel shortlisted.
The 140 titles initially suggested included books by authors from Scotland, Nigeria and Kenya. The other shortlisted novels are – My Name is Leon by Kit de Waal, The Brilliant and the Forever by Kevin MacNeil, The Power by Naomi Alderman, The Elephant and the Bee by Jess de Boer and The Penguin Lessons by Tom Mitchell
The chosen book will be made recommended reading for students joining Kingston University for the 2017/18 academic year, with a number of events scheduled throughout the term to celebrate the project. Free copies of the book are also made available on campuses for all staff to join the conversation with the students.
Big Read Director, Associate Professor Alison Baverstock, said the shortlisted novels are a reflection of the university’s values. “This is a really exciting list of six different titles from a range of authors who reflect the breadth and diversity of the University and our wider community. The aim of the scheme is to bring people together through shared reading and we are looking forward to exploring the shortlist to find our next Big Read,” she said.
Radio Sunrise, published in January 2017 by Jacaranda Books, is a hilarious, yet sobering take on the foibles of Nigerian life and politics from the perspective of a young journalist.
Source: Premium Times