Bold New Voices with Femi Kayode, Susie Yang and Saima Mir

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Bold New Voices Femi Kayode, Susie Yang and Saima Mir

Femi Kayode, Susie Yang and Saima Mir


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It’s always exciting meeting the bestsellers of the future, and we’re delighted to showcase three debut authors whose novels are some of the hottest properties around.

Femi Kayode trained as a clinical psychologist before working in advertising. He’s a recent graduate of the UEA Creative Writing programme, and completing his PhD at Bath Spa University. He won the UEA/Little Brown Award for Lightseekers, the first book in a terrific new international crime series featuring investigative psychologist Philip Taiwo. It centres around dangerous secrets tearing a quiet university town to shreds.

Susie Yang’s debut, White Ivy, tells the story of Ivy Lin, a Chinese immigrant in America who’s desperate to assimilate with her peers. She’ll stop at nothing to achieve her goals, including stealing to get the things she needs to fit in. This is a love triangle, a coming-of-age story, and a gripping, terrifying tale. Susie Yang received a doctorate of pharmacy, then launched a tech start-up in San Francisco, while studying creative writing. After living in the US, Europe, and Asia, she now resides in the UK.

Saima Mir is an award-winning journalist who grew up in Bradford. Her essay for It’s Not About the Burqa received over 250,000 hits on the Guardian website in just 48 hours. The Khan, her thrilling crime debut, introduces Jia Khan, a successful lawyer whose father was both head of the northern Pakistani community she grew up in, and the force behind its organised crime syndicate. When he is murdered, Jia must return to help restore justice and order to a community in chaos. The Khan has already been optioned by BBC Studios.

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