Monday, July 9, 2018

Grace Recommends...The Willoughby Book Club & Under the Udala Trees

Hello readers! Hopefully you are enjoying the glorious heatwave and sunshine! With the Summer holidays now in full swing it is a fantastic opportunity to take up a new hobby or to free up some time for reading. Is there anything nicer than enjoying an interesting book in the sunshine? Diving into a book is a wonderful method of self-care, self-education and relaxation. Today, we are thrilled to share a recent discovery The Willoughby Book Club monthly book subscription service with you.

What is The Willoughby Book Club?
Unlike other book subscription boxes, every book that WBC subscribers receive has been handpicked to match their own personal reading tastes by a team of literary experts. No gimmicks. No goodies. Just a new book each month that you can be sure you’ll enjoy. The club has thousands of subscribers in over 35 countries across the world, and have very recently launched their range onto the British high-street. There are book subscriptions available for babies, toddlers, kids, young adults and adults ranging from classics, to cooking to contemporary fiction. Get 10% off your personalised book subscription gift here.

Under the Udala Trees by Chinelo Okparanta

The first book handchosen based on my tastes was the historical fiction "Under the Udala Trees" by Chinelo Okparanta and this book was an absolute winner for me. Set during the Nigerian/ Biafran Civil War of 1967-70, the story follows the life of Ijeoma a young Igbo girl who comes to terms with her own sexuality in a country where same-sex relationships are illegal and punishable by fourteen years in prison or even death by stoning. The novel is brave and courageous and also deals with themes such as faith and religion (Nigeria is the second most religious country worldwide just following Ghana), the role of women in Nigeria, gender discrimination and the richness of Nigerian folk tales and culture. I commend Okparanta for her marvellous achievement in creating this wonderful and thought provoking novel. Literature provides a necessary opportunity for diverse and marginalised voices to be heard and this book is an absolute must read.

Grace With Love Rating: 5/5 stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Purchase Under the Udala Trees here

Get 10% off your Willoughby Book Club subscription here

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