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A Bit of Difference Hardcover – 30 Jan 2014

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  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Fourth Estate (30 Jan. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007531036
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007531035
  • Product Dimensions: 22.3 x 2.9 x 14.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars 10 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,061,201 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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‘Atta brilliantly evokes a world just on the brink of major change; her writing is intelligent, witty and controlled.’ The Times

‘Although the novel might not appeal to the Nigerian authorities, it’s far richer and more complicated than the mere displaying of dirty linen … a shrewd, quietly fearless and often witty novel that triumphantly succeeds in being both politically thought-provoking and emotionally engaging.’ Daily Mail

‘Character is one of Atta's strongest points as a writer – each character, even the most fleeting, has a story, a mannerism that stays with the reader. The book advances not by plot, but rather through anecdotes, flashbacks, side comments and observations … This is a refreshing book from an author with a lot to say.’ Helon Habila, Guardian

‘Difference is both desired and feared by the characters in this thought-provoking novel … Atta hones a distinctive voice to tell a memorable if uneven story about the quest to preserve uniqueness faced with pressure to conform.’ Anita Sethi, Guardian

‘One of the leading writers of her generation.’ Teju Cole

‘Atta's splendid writing sizzles with wit and compassion. This is an immensely absorbing book.’ Chika Unigwe, author of On Black Sisters Street

‘Enlightening … Atta imbues Deola’s voice with delicious perceptiveness and irony … Atta perfectly hones in on the emptiness which so often epitomises modern life … A pithy analysis of contemporary Nigeria and a character you will want things to work out well for.’ Royal African Society

‘An up-close portrait of middle-class Nigeria exploring the boundaries of morals and public decorum. Pitched between humor and despair, with stripped-down, evocative prose, “A Bit of Difference” bristles with penknife-sharp dialogue, but its truths are more subtle, hiding in the unspoken.’ Nii Parkes, author of Tail of the Blue Bird

About the Author

Sefi Atta is the author of two previous novels, Swallow and Everything Good Will Come, and a collection of short stories, News from Home. She has been awarded the Wole Soyinka Prize for Literature in Africa and the NOMA Award for Publishing in Africa. Her novels have been published around the world and translated into numerous languages, and her radio and stage plays have been performed internationally. She was born in Lagos and now lives in the United States.

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