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Bina

(2019)
A Novel in Warnings
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The extraordinary best-selling novel from the acclaimed writer whose previous book, Martin John, was shortlisted for the Giller Prize, and whose debut, Malarky, won the Amazon First Novel Award.

"My name is Bina and I'm a very busy woman. That's Bye-na, not Beena. I don't know who Beena is, but I expect she's having a happy life. I don't know who you are, or the state of your life. But if you've come all this way here to listen to me, your life will undoubtedly get worse. I'm here to warn you...."

So begins this "novel in warnings" - an unforgettable tour de force in the voice of an ordinary-extraordinary woman who has simply had enough. Through the character of Bina, who is writing out her story on the backs of discarded envelopes, Anakana Schofield filters a complex moral universe filled with humour and sadness, love and rage, and the consolations, obligations and mysteries of lifelong friendship. A work of great power, skill, and transformative empathy from a unique and astonishing writer.

"Anakana Schofield's Bina is a fiction of the rarest and darkest kind, a work whose pleasures must be taken measure for measure with its pains. Few writers operate the scales of justice with more precision, and Schofield is no less exacting in what she chooses to weigh. The novel's themes - male violence, the nature of moral courage, the contemporary problems of truth and individuality, the status of the female voice - could hardly be more timely or germane. Schofield's sense of injustice is unblinking and without illusion, yet her writing is so vivacious, so full of interest and lust for life: she is the most compassionate of storytellers, wearing the guise of the blackest comedian." (Rachel Cusk, Giller Prize-shortlisted author of Outline and Transit)

"Intimate, disarming, and riotous, Bina is a searing exploration of one woman's soul that unwinds like a reluctant confession. Whether Bina is rescuing a ne'er-do-well from a ditch, taking a hammer to a plane or considering the dark request of her best friend, Schofield has created a compelling, practical everywoman - someone who has had enough and is ready to make a spectacle." (Eden Robinson, Giller Prize-shortlisted author of Son of a Trickster and Monkey Beach)

"Insightful. Inventive. Hilarious. Genius." (Eimear McBride, author of A Girl Is a Half-Formed Thing, winner of the Bailey's Prize for Women's Fiction, and The Lesser Bohemians, winner of the James Tait Memorial Prize)

Genre: Literary Fiction

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Hardback Editions

March 2020 : UK Hardback
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Title: Bina
Author(s): Anakana Schofield
ISBN: 0-349-72646-9 / 978-0-349-72646-5 (UK edition)
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May 2019 : USA Hardback
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Title: Bina: A Novel in Warnings
Author(s): Anakana Schofield
ISBN: 0-7352-7321-9 / 978-0-7352-7321-4 (USA edition)
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March 2020 : USA Paperback

Title: Bina: A Novel in Warnings
Author(s): Anakana Schofield
ISBN: 0-7352-7322-7 / 978-0-7352-7322-1 (USA edition)
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