Sex and the City with a killer edge – Wahala by Nikki May is out now from Penguin Random House!
‘Funny, shocking, unputdownable. I loved it.’ – Paula Hawkins
‘Witty, tense and addictive.’ – Abigail Dean, author of Girl A
Ronke, Simi and Boo are inseparable mixed-race friends living in London. They have the gift of two cultures, Nigerian and English, though not all of them choose to see it that way.
Everyday racism has never held them back, but now in their thirties, they question their future. Ronke wants a husband (he must be Nigerian); Boo enjoys (correction: endures) stay-at-home motherhood; while Simi, full of fashion career dreams, rolls her eyes as her boss refers to her urban vibe yet again.
When Isobel, a lethally glamorous friend from their past arrives in town, she is determined to fix their futures for them. Cracks in their friendship begin to appear, and it is soon obvious Isobel is not sorting but wrecking. When she is driven to a terrible act, the women are forced to reckon with a crime in their past that may just have repeated itself.
A darkly comic and bitingly subversive take on love, race and family, Wahala will have you laughing, crying and gasping in horror. Boldly political about class, colourism and clothes, here is a truly inclusive tale that will speak to anyone who has ever cherished friendship, in all its forms.
About the author
Born in Bristol, raised in Lagos, Nikki May is Anglo-Nigerian. She ran a successful ad agency before turning to writing. Her debut novel Wahala was inspired by a long (and loud) lunch with friends. It will be published around the world in January 2022 and is being turned into major BBC TV drama. She lives in Dorset with her husband, two standard schnauzers, and way too many books.