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  • Black Cake is a beautiful, deeply resonant story of children trying to understand the mother they have lost. Charmaine Wilkerson transports you across the decades and the globe accompanied by complex, wonderfully drawn characters. She has managed to tell a story that is as meaningful as it is delicious. At turns delightfully juicy and then stunningly wise, Black Cake is a winner

    Taylor Jenkins Reid, Sunday Times bestselling author of Daisy Jones and The Six
  • I was instantly taken in by this multi-generational tale of identity, family, and the lifelong push and pull of home. This novel has a tremendous heart at its centre, and I felt its beat on every page. What an extraordinary debut

    Mary Beth Keane, bestselling author of Ask Again, Yes
  • So beautifully written I'm struggling to believe it's a debut. The cake is the glue that holds all the layers together and the scenes are so well drawn I could almost taste the cake, feel the warm sea on my skin. My heart broke and was put back together. Bravo

    Nikki May, author of Wahala
  • An extremely assured debut which pulls in threads and echoes from across the Caribbean diaspora to deliver a rich, complex and really satisfying novel

    Alison Finch, BBC Radio 4
  • BLACK CAKE has all the ingredients of the tastiest stories: secrets, romance, danger, and a cast of characters so real you want to scream at them one moment and hug them the next. I felt nearly breathless while reading Eleanor's truth - as if I were right there in the room with Byron and Benny, wholly immersed in their mother's tragedies and triumphs

    Dawnie Walton, author of The Final Revival of Opal and Nev
  • A stunning page-turner, with characters that felt real and relatable. I can't recommend this book highly enough. An incredible debut

    Louise Hare, author of This Lovely City
  • Black Cake took a hold of me from the first page and didn't let go ... A gripping, poignant debut from an important new voice

    Naima Coster, New York Times bestselling author of What’s Mine and Yours
  • A multi-generational debut generating hype

    Grazia

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