ROSANNA AMAKA was born to Nigerian and Caribbean parents. Her debut novel The Book of Echoes will be published by Doubleday in February 2020.

Rosanna began writing The Book of Echoes twenty years ago to give voice to the Brixton community in which she grew up. Her community was fast disappearing – as a result of gentrification, emigration back to the Caribbean and Africa, or simply with the passing away of the older generation. The novel's depiction of unimaginable pain redeemed by love and hope was also inspired by a wish to understand the impact of history on present-day black lives.