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Okechukwu Nzelu for Here Again Now in Bath

Friday 1st April

  • Venue The Bookshop, Friends Meeting House, York Street, Bath, BA1 1NG
  • Doors open 7pm
  • Start time 7.30pm
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Award-winning author Okechukwu Nzelu joins us in Bath to discuss his new novel, Here Again Now, a spellbinding literary novel that asks, how do you move forward when the past keeps pulling you back?

In 2015, Okechukwu was the recipient of a Northern Writers’ Award from New Writing North. His debut novel, The Private Joys of Nnenna Maloney, won a Betty Trask Award, was shortlisted for the Desmond Elliott Prize and the Polari First Book Prize, and longlisted for the Portico Prize. Now he joins us in Bath to discuss his latest novel, Here Again Now, an affecting portrait of contemporary masculinity, exploring themes of love, loss and vulnerability in the most achingly-beautiful prose. With his second novel, Nzelu confirms his place as one of the most exciting and versatile writers of his generation.

Achike Okoro feels like his life is coming together at last. His top-floor flat in Peckham is as close to home as he can imagine and after years of hard work, he’s about to get his break as an actor. He’s even persuaded his father, Chibuike, to move in with him, grateful to offer the man who raised him as a single parent a home of his own.

Between filming trips, Achike is snatching a few days in London with Ekene, his best friend of twenty years, the person who makes him feel whole. Achike can put the terrible things that happened behind him at last; everything is going to be alright. Maybe even better.

But after a magical night, when Achike and Ekene come within a hair’s breadth of admitting their feelings for each other, a devastating event rips all three men apart. In the aftermath, it is Ekene and Chibuike who must try to rebuild. And although they have never truly understood each other, grief may bring them both the peace and happiness they’ve been searching for…

A heartbreaking and immensely uplifting novel about lovers, fathers and sons. If you love The Vanishing Half, Shuggie Bain or Moonlight then you’ll adore this this incredibly moving book that shows the power of family – both the one into which we are born and those we choose for ourselves.

‘A tender and probing book… Baldwin-esque and honest, pulsing with love. I honestly believe Nzelu is the future of Black British writing.’ – Derek Owusu, author of That Reminds Me

‘A beautiful exploration of grief and family. Through exquisite prose, Okechukwu Nzelu delves into the lives of the complicated men at the centre of this story with compassion and tenderness. A lyrical and insightful novel.’- Brit Bennett, author of The Vanishing Half