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by Makumbi, Jennifer

A stunning new story collection from Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi, acclaimed author of Kintu and winner of the Commonwealth Short Story Prize 2014 and the Windham-Campbell Prize for Fiction 2018.

How far does one have to travel to find home elsewhere? The stories in Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi's collection attempt to measure that distance. Centred around the lives of Ugandans in Britain, Manchester Happened features characters both hyper-visible and unseen?they take on jobs at airport security, care for the elderly, and work in hospitals, while remaining excluded from white, British life. As they try to find their place, they drift from a home that feels further and further away. In an ambitious collection by the critically acclaimed author of Kintu, Manchester Happened explores what happens to those who leave.

Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi, a Ugandan novelist and short story writer, won the prestigious 2018 Windham-Campbell Prize for her debut novel, Kintu. Her story 'Let's Tell This Story Properly' won the 2014 Commonwealth Short Story Prize. Jennifer lives in Manchester, UK, and lectures in Creative Writing at Manchester Metropolitan University.

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Manchester Happened glitters with... Makumbi's terrific turn of phrase... Dedicated to the 'fearless Ugandans in the diaspora' (Manchester Happened) provides an entertaining insight into their lives. It is a fascinating collection and confirms Makumbi as an exciting new voice.

Review: New Humanist

A thoughtful writer who quietly, engagingly, pierces the reality of relocating to Britain... Manchester Happened explores the emotional nuance of the immigrant experience.

Review: The Observer

...Men behave badly in these stories, women suffer or negotiate for power, families bicker and try to cooperate. There is Uganda, and there is Britain, and then all the miles in between. The genius of the book, anchored by 2014's award-winning title story "Let's Tell This Story Properly," is the same as the argument for its more universal power: the way Makumbi can take two countries neither of which might strike the average reader as particularly germane and still make their intersections feel like exactly the stories we all need....

Review: L. A. Times

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