Have you ever wondered how the name Picnic came to be? Me neither until right now as I was writing this post, I guess afterwards I will google the origins and sate my curiosity.
On the 8th of December, 2019 I was invited for a Book Picnic, organised by one of my countries leading bookstore Roving Heights, I even got a special invitation because they noticed how I try to give back and encourage reading with my spaces on the internet, as well as my recommendations to their store.
I had nothing better to do, well I had work to do and was healing from an ailment but I preferred hanging out with bookish people, so of course, I got dressed and was on my way.Read More »
Title – Manchester Happened
Author – Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi
Publication – May 23rd, 2019.
Publisher – One World Publications
Genre – Short Story Collection & Ugandan Fiction
An ambitious and assured collection of short stories from the internationally acclaimed author of Kintu
If there’s one thing the characters in Jennifer Makumbi’s stories know, it’s how to field a question.
‘Let me buy you a cup of tea… what are you doing in England?’
‘Do these children of yours speak any Luganda?’
‘Did you know that man Idi Amin?’
But perhaps the most difficult question of all is the one they ask themselves: ‘You mean this is England?’
Told with empathy, humour and compassion, these vibrant, kaleidoscopic stories re-imagine the journey of Ugandans who choose to make England their home. Weaving between Manchester and Kampala, this dazzling, polyphonic collection will captivate anyone who has ever wondered what it means to truly belong.
It started with a twitter thread about a high school bully romance The Secret Girl by C.M. Stunich and I was intrigued because I love reading enemies-to-lovers stories…I didn’t know getting my hands on this book would set me on a dangerous path down the world of bully romance that can be alarmingly dark at times and I haven’t really reflected on what that says about me because I read them.