The Five Sorrowful Mysteries of Andy Africa, by Stephen Buoro (Bloomsbury 2022)

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This is an energetic and powerful tragicomic debut novel, set in Nigeria, which tells the story of 15 year old Andy Aziza, hanging out with his friends, dreaming of white girls, and escape from their miserable lives. It's funny, alive with energy and inventive writing, and also unsettling violence and horror. Andy and his friends finally attempt to travel across the desert, and pay a trafficker to get them across the Mediterranean. The ending is truly shocking...