Reviews

  • One of the greatest writers of our time

    Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  • A vivid, exhilarating tale with a surprisingly modern philosophy that emphasises the importance of tolerance, feminism and respect for the environment

    Anthony Gardner, Mail on Sunday
  • As pacy and addictive as it is measured. Thick with allegory and adventure...this is a beautifully told epic about the fundamentals of humanity

    New Statesman
  • A beautiful work that not only refuses distinctions between "high art" and traditional storytelling, but supplies that all-too rare human necessity: the sense that life has meaning

    Fiona Sampson, Guardian
  • The Perfect Nine uses a deceptively simple language that lays bare deep truths.

    Financial Times
  • In this sinuous retelling by the great Kenyan writer, the founding myth of the Gikuyu people emerges as an epic poem rivalling the Iliad in body count and surpassing it in whimsy.

    New Yorker
  • Unfolding in wry and lyrical verse, The Perfect Nine tells a Homeric odyssey of the creation of the entire Gikuyu people-a creationist myth, an adventure tale, and a family story, wherein the wives do not simply wait at home.

    Literary Hub
  • Seldom have the raw truths of Africa been exposed so vividly, yet humorously. . . With tales that tease, then bite, [Ngugi] tackles the absurdities, injustices and corruption of a continent

    Delia Owens, author of WHERE THE CRAWDADS SING on MINUTES OF GLORY, New York Times Book Review
  • The Perfect Nine is one of the year's great discoveries.

    Economist
  • It is the farthest you could possibly get from the grim, wet reality of a lockdown Christmas in London and is exactly what I want to escape with

    Alicia Lansom, Refinery29

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