We Need New Names

We Need New Names

Fiction & Poetry, Modern & Contemporary Fiction
Paperback Published on: 27/02/2014
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Bookseller Reviews

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We Need New Names
An exciting new voice
In the last year, the novels coming out about African countries have been absolutely astounding. Each one I've read recently has taught me something import... READ MORE
Alice Baynton at Aberystwyth
We Need New Names
Fresh and vibrant.
This is the story of Darling, ten years old and living in Paradise, a place which is anything but. She has friends: Bastard, Chipo, Godknows, Sbho and Stin... READ MORE
Sara Crowley at Brighton
We Need New Names
Absolutely loved it!
Told in first person narrative in the fresh, fierce voice of Darling, 11 years old growing up in Zimbabwe, in a shantytown called Paradise. In loosely conn... READ MORE
Claudia  Sunderhauf



Ten-year-old Darling has a choice: it's down, or out

'To play the country-game, we have to choose a country. Everybody wants to be the USA and Britain and Canada and Australia and Switzerland and them. Nobody wants to be rags of countries like Congo, like Somalia, like Iraq, like Sudan, like Haiti and not even this one we live in - who wants to be a terrible place of hunger and things falling apart?'

Darling and her friends live in a shanty called Paradise, which of course is no such thing. It isn't all bad, though. There's mischief and adventure, games of Find bin Laden, stealing guavas, singing Lady Gaga at the tops of their voices.

They dream of the paradises of America, Dubai, Europe, where Madonna and Barack Obama and David Beckham live. For Darling, that dream will come true. But, like the thousands of people all over the world trying to forge new lives far from home, Darling finds this new paradise brings its own set of challenges - for her and also for those she's left behind.

'Extraordinary' Daily Telegraph

'A debut that blends wit and pain... Heartrending...wonderfully original' Independent

'Sometimes shocking, often heartbreaking but also pulsing with colour and energy' The Times

*NoViolet's new book Glory has been Longlisted for the Booker Prize 2022 and is out now*

  • Publisher: Vintage Publishing
  • ISBN: 9780099581888
  • Number of pages: 304
  • Weight: 213g
  • Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 18 mm

Customer Reviews

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We Need New Names
Not to be missed!
This is an amazing novel about someone who cannot belong anywhere. Written in the voice of Darling, the story takes the reader through her life as it begin... READ MORE
We Need New Names
Thoroughly Thought Provoking!
This is one of the most thought provoking novels I have read in many years. The daily horror of life for Darling and her assorted pals in Paradise is truly... READ MORE
We Need New Names
I have just read the first 10 pages and I am hooked! Can't wait to read the rest.
Mrs F
We Need New Names
Very interesting but not for me!
t's about a young girl, Darling, and her everyday struggles that she has to deal with. These are mainly due to the poverty in the area that she lives in wh... READ MORE
We Need New Names
Fantastic Book!
This book exceeded my expectations; an honest and sometimes brutal telling of a childhood in Africa. This is a story of poverty, adventure and new life and... READ MORE