The Secret Lives of Baba Segi's Wives (Ebook)

Lola Shoneyin

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A modern classic - Lola Shoneyin's debut novel is a portrait of a clamorous household in the midst of upheaval

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'Comic, tragic, topical and entertaining in equal measure' - Bernardine Evaristo

To the dismay of her ambitious mother, Bolanle marries into a polygamous family, where she is the fourth wife of a rich, rotund patriarch, Baba Segi. She is a graduate and therefore considered a great prize in Nigeria, but even graduates must produce children and her husband's persistent bellyache is a sign that things are not as they should be. She only wants to escape to a quiet life, but the others disapprove of the newest, youngest, cleverest addition to the family. Treated with respect by her husband, she is viewed with suspicion by her seniors - who fear she may unlock their well-guarded secret.

Through the voices of Baba Segi and his four wives, Lola Shoneyin weaves a vibrant story of love, secrets and a family like every other - happy and unhappy, truthful and not, sometimes kind, sometimes competitive, always bound by blood, and the past.

Publication date: 06/12/2010

£8.99

ISBN: 9781847652355

Imprint: Serpent's Tail

Subject: Fiction

The Secret Lives of Baba Segi's Wives (Paperback)

Lola Shoneyin

'A rich debut... an engrossing and beautifully written domestic tale of polygamy and rivalry' Harpers Bazaar

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When Baba Segi awoke with a bellyache for the sixth day in a row, he knew it was time to do something drastic about his fourth wife's childlessness.

To the dismay of her ambitious mother, Bolanle marries into a polygamous family, where she is the fourth wife of a rich, rotund patriarch, Baba Segi. She is a graduate and therefore a great prize, but even graduates must produce children and her husband's persistent bellyache is a sign that things are not as they should be.
She only wants to escape to a quiet life, but the others disapprove of the newest, youngest, cleverest addition to the family. Treated with respect by her husband, she is viewed with suspicion by her seniors - who fear she may unlock their well-guarded secret.
Through the voices of Baba Segi and his four wives, Lola Shoneyin weaves a vibrant story of love, secrets and a family like every other - happy and unhappy, truthful and not, sometimes kind, sometimes competitive, always bound by blood, and the past.

Publication date: 06/01/2011

£8.99

ISBN: 9781846687495

Imprint: Serpent's Tail

Subject: Fiction

The Secret Lives of Baba Segi's Wives (Paperback)

Lola Shoneyin

A modern classic - Lola Shoneyin's debut novel is a portrait of a clamorous household in the midst of upheaval

Coming soon to Netflix

'Comic, tragic, topical and entertaining in equal measure' - Bernardine Evaristo

To the dismay of her ambitious mother, Bolanle marries into a polygamous family, where she is the fourth wife of a rich, rotund patriarch, Baba Segi. She is a graduate and therefore considered a great prize in Nigeria, but even graduates must produce children and her husband's persistent bellyache is a sign that things are not as they should be. She only wants to escape to a quiet life, but the others disapprove of the newest, youngest, cleverest addition to the family. Treated with respect by her husband, she is viewed with suspicion by her seniors - who fear she may unlock their well-guarded secret.

Through the voices of Baba Segi and his four wives, Lola Shoneyin weaves a vibrant story of love, secrets and a family like every other - happy and unhappy, truthful and not, sometimes kind, sometimes competitive, always bound by blood, and the past.

Publication date: 03/12/2020

£8.99

ISBN: 9781788167581

Imprint: Serpent's Tail

Subject: Fiction

The Secret Lives of Baba Segi's Wives (Audiobook)

Lola Shoneyin

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A modern classic - Lola Shoneyin's debut novel is a portrait of a clamorous household in the midst of upheaval

Coming soon to Netflix

'Comic, tragic, topical and entertaining in equal measure' - Bernardine Evaristo

To the dismay of her ambitious mother, Bolanle marries into a polygamous family, where she is the fourth wife of a rich, rotund patriarch, Baba Segi. She is a graduate and therefore considered a great prize in Nigeria, but even graduates must produce children and her husband's persistent bellyache is a sign that things are not as they should be. She only wants to escape to a quiet life, but the others disapprove of the newest, youngest, cleverest addition to the family. Treated with respect by her husband, she is viewed with suspicion by her seniors - who fear she may unlock their well-guarded secret.

Through the voices of Baba Segi and his four wives, Lola Shoneyin weaves a vibrant story of love, secrets and a family like every other - happy and unhappy, truthful and not, sometimes kind, sometimes competitive, always bound by blood, and the past.

Publication date: 17/12/2020

£19.99

ISBN: 9781782838418

Imprint: Serpent's Tail

Subject: Fiction

Lola Shoneyin

Lola Shoneyin

Lola Shoneyin has published three collections of poems and a children's book. The Secret Lives of Baba Segi's Wives is her debut novel. In 2014 she was named on the Hay Festival's Africa39 list of 39 Sub-Saharan African writers aged under 40. Shoneyin is the director of Ake Arts and Book Festival. She lives in Lagos, Nigeria.