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About the Author
Born in Bristol and raised in Lagos, Nikki May is Anglo-Nigerian. At twenty, she dropped out of medical school, moved to London, and began a career in advertising, going on to run a successful agency. Her inspiration for Wahala came after a long (and loud) lunch with friends.
--Paula Hawkins, author of The Girl on the Train and A Slow Fire Burning
I couldn't get enough of the four women at the heart of Nikki May's utterly winning debut novel, WAHALA. Every evening, I sank into my bubble bath, eager to return to the lives of May's deep and complex characters: Simi, Ronke, Boo, and the fabulous (but maybe evil) Isobel. Their loves and wahala (trouble) brought to mind Sex & the City but felt more modern, more real. When I closed Nikki May's delicious, hilarious novel, I felt I was returning to joy. I knew it was time to call my friends...time to get into some good wahala of my own.--Amanda Eyre Ward, New York Times bestselling author of The Jetsetters and The Lifeguards
Wow, what a debut! Brilliant writing about food and friendship, warm and fun, and I loved watching the more sinister side to the story emerge. Fantastic!
--Sarah Pearse, bestselling author of The Sanatorium
Contemporary female friendship goes glam in this lively debut novel with remarkable depth.--Washington Post
"If And Just Like That... isn't exactly satisfying your modern Sex and the City itch, may we present to you Wahala. This dazzling debut centers on three Anglo-Nigerian best friends and the glamorous fourth woman who infiltrates their group....We couldn't help but wonder if they might need something stronger than a cosmopolitan to survive this."--E! Online
"Sharply observed...sophisticated and culturally adept...May is a masterful chronicler of Black upper-middle-class life and ennui in Britain. Wahala is both great fun and extremely smart in how it captures some of the central issues in modern city living: women's evolving roles in home and work, interracial relationships and multicultural identity, the current of competition that runs through so many friendships and daily interactions and, most of all, how easily intimacy can morph into enmity.--NPR.org
"Wahala is a solid, slow-burn, page-turning mystery...Worth the read."--Associated Press
"Nikki May's debut novel, Wahala, melds the beach read with the thriller -- with a little dose of Sex and the City energy on the side."--Entertainment Weekly
A fun, juicy read with a dash of drama, just like all the best friendships.--Good Housekeeping
"The novel's strength lies in May's attention to her main characters' identities. ...May's breezy prose is well suited for these moments of casual intimacy, unfolding over drinks, at the hairdresser's or at the kitchen table, where all the best gossip takes place."--New York Times