As the year winds slowly to an end and the evenings start to get darker, there are few things we look forward to more than the new season’s fashion and the start of new TV shows. The influx of lookbooks, autumn reads and coffee-table tomes are other highlights of the month of November onwards; and to get all three types of books in one is a phenomenon which rarely occurs. So when we heard of a new R&B-published hardback – London Life, Lagos Living – we were so excited.
London Life, Lagos Living is penned by Nigerian author, Bobo Omotayo. The book was borne out of a series of short stories written for his column here on BellaNaija under the moniker ‘The Renaissance Man’. The book is a collection of these stories, musings and more. It documents his experiences – work, life, love and social circles in two contrasting but equally cosmopolitan cities; and comes complete with a glossary providing definitions of slang and other colloquial sayings, specific to both London and Lagos.
The book is peppered with an array of art, illustration and photography courtesy of a handful of international artists, photographers and illustrators such as Karo Akpokiere, Osione Itegboje, Gbolahan Adams and Folarin Shasanya and reflects Bobo’s love of these and other creative mediums.
London Life, Lagos Living is one of unique offering; a rare coffee-table style book with sharp and witty written content, full of several laugh-out-loud moments whilst also being aesthetically pleasing thanks to the assortment of eye-catching yet thought-provoking images. In a nutshell, this is one book that can be read in one sitting; read in part or simply flicked through, time and time again.
The book is out now in all major bookshops (including Silverbird and The Palm’s Hub Media store in Nigeria) and other selected retail outlets. For a full listing of stocklists, kindly go to the website www.kilonsparkles.com. If you live abroad, you can order on Amazon (US & UK).
There will be book readings across the country throughout the month of November starting with X.O. Wine Stores on the 18th of November 2011 and The Lifehouse on the 25th of November 2011 both in Lagos.