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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
New and upcoming books
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   Sun Dog (2002)
   August Frost (2003)
   The White Woman On the Green Bicycle (2009)
   Archipelago (2012)
   House of Ashes (2014)
   The Mermaid of Black Conch (2020)
   Passiontide (2024)
Novellas and Short Stories
   The Tryst (2017)
Anthologies edited
Non fiction
Monique Roffey recommends
The God of Good Looks (2023)
Breanne Mc Ivor
"Part ribald farce, part feminist tract, part love letter to an island, The God of Good Looks takes a look at Caribbean island life and culture rarely seen in books, that of its bristling, competitive carnival culture and beauty world. McIvor writes with wit and confidence of a world where female beauty is celebrated and monetized. Her heroine, an outsider tarnished by scandal, navigates both with skill and satire. Every page we wince and smirk. A self-aware, modern, female-centered novel out of Trinidad which breaks new ground."
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."
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."

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