A Spell of Good Things, by Ayobami Adebayo (Canongate 2023)

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An epic novel of contemporary Nigeria, in which two families, one more privileged than the other, collide in violence. It describes powerfully how easy it is to be drawn into a path towards inevitable disaster. Across a large cast of well-drawn and plausible characters, the events of the novel play out convincingly and movingly, and give readers an insight into Nigerian life with all of its colour, vibrancy and passion.