Ayobami Adebayo

Ayobami Adebayo

Ayobami Adebayo is the author of Stay With Me, which won the 9Mobile Prize for Literature and Prix Les Afriques. It was shortlisted for the Baileys Prize for Women’s Fiction, the Wellcome Book Prize and the Kwani? Manuscript Prize. It was also longlisted for the International Dylan Thomas Prize and the International Dublin Literary Award. Her stories have appeared in a number of magazines and anthologies. She holds BA and MA degrees in Literature in English from Obafemi Awolowo University, Ife and also has an MA in Creative Writing from the University of East Anglia where she was awarded an international bursary for creative writing. She has been the recipient of a number of fellowships and residencies. She was born in Lagos, Nigeria.



A rundown of the Baileys Prize shortlist from Simon Savidge of Savidge Reads. “My number one choice has to be Stay With Me. I absolutely adore this book from start to finish, I think it’s incredible.”

Jen Campbell reviews this year’s Baileys shortlist. “The book I enjoyed the most, and would love to see win is Stay With Me by Ayobami Adebayo.”

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An extract from the audiobok of Stay With Me by Ayobami Adebayo, read by Adjoa Andoh.

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Stay With Me is the heart-rending, gripping (and Baileys-shortlisted) debut novel by Ayobami Adebayo. Listen to this extract from the audiobook, read by Adjoa Andoh.

Ayobami Adebayo in conversation at Foyles

If the burden is too much and stays too long, even love bends, cracks, comes close to breaking

Stay With Me

Ayobami Adebayo