What the judges said about A fistful of tales

“…We were pleased to receive a large number of books which, though tailored to include readers of popular fiction, were couched in the idioms and styles of the best literary fiction. This is an extremely important development, for the future of African writing lies precisely in the ability of writers to appeal to as many readers as possible. Most of the texts in the popular fiction mode were crime, boardroom and political thrillers. Key examples are Beasts of Prey by Rob Marsh, Pirates by Femi Osofisan and Shark by Karel van der Merwe. Of such texts in the popular literature mode, the one that really stood out was a slim collection called A Fistful of Tales by Ayodele Arigbabu in which we are made to see Lagos through sci-fi, comic book and spy-thriller storylines. We were unanimous that Arigbabu is a writer to watch.” – THE JUDGING PANEL FOR THE COMMONWEALTH WRITERS PRIZE 2010—AFRICA REGION

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