We’re delighted that The Shadow King by Maaza Mengiste has been longlisted for this year’s Booker Prize!
Set during Mussolini’s 1935 invasion of Ethiopia, The Shadow King casts a light on the women soldiers written out of African history. Here’s just some of the remarkable praise it’s already had:
“A beautiful and devastating work” Marlon James
“Unforgettable” The Times, Book of the Month
“Lyrical, remarkable . . . Breathtakingly skillful” New York Times
“A brilliant novel . . . Compulsively readable” Salman Rushdie
“A work born of rage, a rage made magnificent for its compassion and the story it tells us” Aminatta Forna
“The Shadow King is a masterpiece” Washington Post