Welcome to Festivals’ Book Club, in association with Vintage Books. Each month, we’ll be reading a different title and would love you to join us: either at our live book group in Cheltenham, or by sharing your thoughts online.
- We’ll announce the title on cheltenhamfestivals.com
- You have four weeks to read it
- Cheltenham Festivals Member? Apply to take part in our LIVE Cheltenham group and receive a free copy of the book
- Like to purchase your own copy? Save 5% at Cheltenham Waterstones as a Cheltenham Festivals Member
- Four weeks later, read what our Book Group thought and add your own opinions and comments online
We Need New Names NoViolet Bulawayo
In association with
Often heartbreaking, but also pulsing with colour and energy
Thursday, March 27th at The Daily Bean, COOK, Bath Road, Cheltenham
Cheltenham Festivals Member? Apply for your free book and chance to attend.
Can’t attend? Save 5% on this title at Waterstones Cheltenham with Cheltenham Festivals Membership.
“Darling, the ten-year-old heroine of the extraordinary We Need New Names, bursts forth from the page fully formed. Darling lives in a shanty in Zimbabwe called Paradise. She’s old enough to remember what life was like before: when she had a proper home and a father who wasn’t ‘sick and all bones’ but it’s not this she dreams of. Darling longs to move to America, a dream which eventually becomes reality, though brings with it consequences of its own. Vivid, moving, unexpectedly funny and always pulsing with energy, this is a wonderful debut from a writer of startling talent.”
Victoria Murray-Browne, Senior Editor, Vintage Books
Bulawayo’s novel is not just a stunning piece of literary craftsmanship but also a novel that helps elucidate today’s world
NOVIOLET BULAWAYO was born in Tsholotsho a year after Zimbabwe’s independence from British colonial rule. She was born into a free country with the promise of broadened horizons. When she was eighteen, NoViolet moved to Kalamazoo, Michigan. In 2011 NoViolet won the Caine Prize for African Writing and her work has also been shortlisted for the 2009 South Africa PEN Studzinsi Award (judged by J.M. Coetzee). Her work has appeared in Callaloo, the Boston Review, Newsweek and the Warwick Review, as well as in anthologies in Zimbabwe, South Africa and the UK. She earned her MFA at Cornell University, where she was also awarded a Truman Capote Fellowship, and she is currently a Stegner Fellow at Stanford University.