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Wahala

(2022)
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SOON TO BE A MAJOR BBC TV SERIAL

'Funny, tragic, piercing portrait of modern women and friendship written in glittering and discerning prose' EMMA STONEX, author of THE LAMPLIGHTERS

'I just raced through Wahala. Nikki May writes so well about friendship, food, fashion and the many ways modern women can stumble in their careers and personal lives' CLARE CHAMBERS, author of Small Pleasures
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Ronke, Simi and Boo are inseparable mixed-race friends living in London. They have the gift of two cultures, Nigerian and English, though not all of them choose to see it that way.

Everyday racism has never held them back, but now in their thirties, they question their future. Ronke wants a husband (he must be Nigerian); Boo enjoys (correction: endures) stay-at-home motherhood; while Simi, full of fashion career dreams, rolls her eyes as her boss refers to her
urban vibe yet again.

When Isobel, a lethally glamorous friend from their past arrives in town, she is determined to fix their futures for them. Cracks in their friendship begin to appear, and it is soon obvious that Isobel is not sorting but wrecking. When she is driven to a terrible act, the women are forced to reckon with a crime in their past that may just have repeated itself.

Explosive, hilarious and wildly entertaining, this razor-sharp tale of love, race and family will have you laughing, crying and gasping in horror. Fearlessly political about class, colourism and clothes, the spellbinding Wahala is for anyone who has ever cherished friendship, in all its forms.

'This has bestseller written all over it. Fast-paced, funny, shocking, unputdownable. I loved it' PAULA HAWKINS



Genre: General Fiction

Praise for this book

"I devoured it, Nikki May's voice is sharp, precise unapologetic, and modern. In one word - Exquisite!" - Lọlá Ákínmádé Åkerström

"I got so immersed in the lives of Simi, Ronke and Boo, such flawed, lovable women, I just raced through Wahala. Nikki May writes so well about friendship, food, fashion and the many ways modern women can stumble in their careers and personal lives." - Clare Chambers

"If you loved My Sister, The Serial Killer, and Expectation, this is a must-read. My only regret is not being able to read it beside a glittering swimming pool while sipping a cocktail!" - Marianne Cronin

"This has bestseller written all over it. Fast-paced, funny, shocking...I loved it." - Paula Hawkins

"Wow, what a debut! Brilliant writing about food and friendship, warm and fun, and I loved watching the more sinister side to the story emerge. Fantastic!" - Sarah Pearse

"This is one of those books you want to crawl inside and inhabit. I loved hanging out with Simi, Ronke and Boo and I miss them already." - Clare Pooley

"Witty, boldly contemporary, and sharply observed, this book is an illicit peek into the very secret lives of women--their fears and desires, their weaknesses and dreams, their relationships between each other and with a world too often fraught with prejudice and class divides. This is a must-read debut by a brilliant new voice in fiction." - Nita Prose

"Brilliant... a funny, tragic, piercing portrait of modern women and friendship, written in glittering and discerning prose." - Emma Stonex

"Utterly winning... brings to mind Sex and the City but feels more modern, more real. When I closed Nikki May's delicious, hilarious novel, I felt I was returning to joy. I knew it was time to call my friends... time to get into some good wahala of my own." - Amanda Eyre Ward


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Title: Wahala: A razor-sharp debut of love, race and friendship for fans of SEX AND THE CITY
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