Bolu Babalola finds the most beautiful love stories from history and mythology and rewrites them with incredible new detail and vivacity in this debut collection. Focusing on the magical folktales of West Africa, Babalola also reimagines iconic Greek myths, ancient legends from the Middle East, and stories from countries that no longer exist in our world.
A high-born Nigerian goddess feels beaten down and unappreciated by her gregarious lover and longs to be truly seen.
A young businesswoman attempts to make a great leap in her company, and an even greater one in her love life.
A powerful Ghanaian spokeswoman is forced to decide whether to uphold her family’s politics, or to be true to her heart.
Whether captured in the passion of love at first sight, or realising that self-love takes precedent over the latter, the characters in these vibrant stories try to navigate this most complex human emotion and understand why it holds them hostage.
Bolu Babalola is a London-based writer, and lover of love. In 2016, she was shortlisted in 4thEstate’s B4ME competition for her short story ‘Netflix & Chill’, a hilarious teen romance. Whilst writing scripts for TV and film, she also works as a pop culture writer and commenter, where she calls herself a ‘romcomoisseur’.
Read: Netflix and Chill
Prompt: Rewrite a fairy tale from an unusual perspective. For example, attempt to write Little Red Riding Hood from the hood’s perspective. Write freely for 10 mins.