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Okechukwu Nzelu

Okechukwu, a black man with short black hair, sits on a stool looking directly at the camera. He is wearing black trousers and a blue shirt, sitting in a studio with a marble effect wall behind him.

Okechukwu, a black man with short black hair, sits on a stool looking directly at the camera. He is wearing black trousers and a blue shirt, sitting in a studio with a marble effect wall behind him.

Okechukwu Nzelu is a Manchester-based writer. In 2015 he was the recipient of a Northern Writers’ Award from New Writing North. His debut novel, The Private Joys of Nnenna Maloney (Dialogue Books/Little,Brown), won a Betty Trask Award; it was also shortlisted for the Desmond Elliott Prize and the Polari First Book Prize, and longlisted for the Portico Prize. In 2021, it was selected for the Kingston University Big Read. His second novel, Here Again Now, will be published by Dialogue Books/Little,Brown in March 2022. He is a regular contributor to Kinfolk magazine, and a Lecturer in Creative Writing at Lancaster University.

“I was delighted to be part of Balance the Books. I was a secondary school teacher for years, so I know first-hand the?importance of providing children and young people with a diverse and engaging diet of quality books. I’m really excited for?young readers to?get stuck into this list!”

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