The Shadow King by Maaza Mengiste on the Booker longlist

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

Find out more about this stunning novel here, or see the full longlist here.