Fiction & Poetry, Modern & Contemporary Fiction
Hardback Published on: 03/08/2023
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Amazing Debut Novel
Wow! And I mean- wow! Hangman tells the story of an African man who returns to his home country from America after being away for a couple of decades. St... READ MORE
Saffron Webb


Longlisted for the Women's Prize for Fiction 2024

A man returns home to sub-Saharan Africa after twenty-six years living in exile in America. When he arrives, he finds that he doesn't recognize the country, or anyone in it. Thankfully, someone at the airport knows him - a man who calls him brother. As they travel to this man's house, the purpose of his visit comes into focus: he is here to find his real brother, who is dying.

Hangman is his tragicomic journey through homecoming and loss. It is a hilarious and twisted odyssey, peopled by phantoms and tricksters, aid workers and taxi drivers, the relatives and riddles that lead this man along a circuitous path towards the truth. This is the strangley honest story of one man's search for refuge - in this world and the one that lies beyond it.

An existential journey, a tragic farce, a slapstick tragedy: Hangman is the shockingly original debut novel about exile, diaspora and the search for Black refuge, from a thrilling new literary voice

  • Publisher: Pushkin Press
  • ISBN: 9781911590774
  • Number of pages: 208
  • Dimensions: 216 x 135 mm

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Women's Prize for Fiction Longlisted
This had not been on my radar before it was longlisted for the women's prize for fiction... So my verdict - well written, really interesting and darkly fu... READ MORE
Fiona Sharp