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Monique Roffey

Trinidad (b.1965)

Monique Roffey is an award-winning Trinidadian-born British writer. House of Ashes, published in June 2014, is her most current novel, the third in a trilogy of novels set in the Caribbean. Archipelago, published in 2012, a New World odyssey which examines loss, grief and climate change, won the OCM BOCAS prize for Caribbean Literature in 2013. The White Woman on the Green Bicycle, first published in 2009, received widespread critical acclaim and was shortlisted for the Orange Prize 2010 and the Encore prize 2011. It was heralded as a major contribution to the New Generation of Caribbean fiction coming out of the region. Her erotic memoir, With the Kisses of his Mouth was published to much praise and controversy in the summer of 2011.

Genres: Fantasy
Anthologies edited
Non fiction
Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction Best Book nominee (2010) : The White Woman On the Green Bicycle
Women's Prize For Fiction Best Novel nominee (2010) : The White Woman On the Green Bicycle
Costa Book Awards Best Novel nominee (2014) : House of Ashes
Costa Book Awards Best Novel winner (2020) : The Mermaid of Black Conch

Monique Roffey recommends
Stronger Than Skin (2017)
Stephen May
"Stronger than Skin is a sexy and compelling love story. Bold in its conception, enchanting with its characters, this book delivers fresh insights into the affairs of the heart, and grips the reader right until its twisted end."
The Snow Line (2021)
Tessa McWatt
"Tessa McWatt is one of our greatest living writers. The Snow Line, her new novel, is a profound meditation on love, ageing, and what it is to be a woman of mixed racial identity and culture. Profoundly moving and epic in its scope, this book provides us with wisdom and reckoning on today’s world, one that is ecologically fragile and only just coping with a pandemic. Like all mature writers, McWatt’s range of reference is vast and her depth of understanding of humanity plunges us into depths we all long to inhabit. She writes her characters with such intimacy we are thunderstruck by the book’s final pages. I closed this book and shed tears."
When We Were Birds (2022)
Ayanna Lloyd Banwo
"Ayanna Lloyd Banwo comes from a lineage of high Caribbean Lit and it shows. This is an impressive debut about love, family, ancestry, the dead and the living. Read this book for its magic and realism too, for its deft weaving together of lives from a city with a huge cemetery at its centre, where the dead lie restless and sometimes loosen from their graves. Ayanna Lloyd Banwo conjours old magic and yet she is a strong, new voice."
Twelve Months and a Day (2022)
Louisa Young
"A tale of two love stories with a supernatural twist, Twelve Months and a Day is poignant and sad as well as funny and beautifully written and imagined. What if our beloveds lived on as ghosts and watched us grieve, what if they never really leave us, and what if some of these ghosts even meet? You will fall in love again as you read this clever book by a writer who understands grief. Hugely engaging and readable. A bitter-sweet pang in my heart as it ended. A page-turner."

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