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Isabella Hammad and Sarah Ladipo Manyika talk to Oliver Balch

Fictions: In the 20th Century World

Hay Festival 2019, 

In Hammad’s debut The Parisian the First World War shatters families, destroys friendships and kills lovers, and a young Palestinian dreamer sets out to find himself. Midhat Kamal picks his way across a fractured world, from the shifting politics of the Middle East to the dinner tables of Montpellier and a newly tumultuous Paris. He discovers that everything is fragile: love turns to loss, friends become enemies and everyone is looking for a place to belong. Ladipo Manyika’s global bestseller In Dependence is a lyrical and moving epic of unfulfilled love fraught with the weight of history, race and geography. Tayo Ajayi sails to England from Nigeria to take up a scholarship at Oxford University. There he discovers a whole generation high on visions of a new and better world.