Chibundu Onuzo (Author) Winner of a Betty Trask Award
Shortlisted for the Dylan Thomas Prize and the Commonwealth Book Prize
Longlisted for the Desmond Elliot Prize
The Spider King's Daughter is a modern-day Romeo and Juliet set against the backdrop of a changing Lagos, a city torn between tradition and modernity, corruption and truth, love and family loyalty. Seventeen-year-old Abike Johnson is the favourite child of her wealthy father. She lives in a She lives in a sprawling mansion in Lagos, protected by armed guards and ferried everywhere in a huge black jeep. But being her father's favourite comes with uncomfortable duties, and she is often lonely behind the high walls of her house.
A world away from Abike's mansion, in the city's slums, lives a seventeen-year-old hawker struggling to make sense of the world. His family lost everything after his father's death and now he runs after cars on the roadside selling ice cream to support his mother and sister.
When Abike buys ice cream from the hawker one day, they strike up an unlikely and tentative romance, defying the prejudices of Nigerian society. But as they grow closer, revelations from the past threaten their relationship and both Abike and the hawker must decide where their loyalties lie.
Cyprian Ekwensi (Author) From one of Africa's foremost novelists and master story-teller, this is a sequel to Ekwensi's best-selling Jagua Nana. The story centres around the heroine's traumatic search for her real mother. All the intracacies of family life and relationships are woven into the story, and Liza finds both her mother and a partner.