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Buchi Emecheta's autobiography spans the transition from a tribal childhood in the African bush to life in North London as an internationally acclaimed writer.
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Overview

Buchi Emecheta's autobiography spans the transition from a tribal childhood in the African bush to life in North London as an internationally acclaimed writer.
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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
The Nigerian novelist's anecdotal autobiography spans her childhood in the Nigerian bush and her present life in London as an internationally recognized author. (Mar.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780435909932
  • Publisher: Heinemann
  • Publication date: 2/22/1994
  • Series: African Writers Series
  • Edition description: REISSUE
  • Pages: 229
  • Product dimensions: 5.15 (w) x 7.88 (h) x 0.61 (d)

Meet the Author

Buchi Emecheta was born in Nigeria and came to England in 1962. Her novels include In the Ditch, The Joys of Motherhood, Kehinde, Head Above Water, and Gwendolen.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
1 Introduction 1
2 The Miracle 3
3 What They Told Me 6
4 Lorlu onye Burma 12
5 The Methodist Girls' High School 15
6 The Holiest of Holies 24
7 Culture Shock 28
8 Pussy Cat Mansions 35
9 The Matchboxes 41
10 The Sociology Degree 44
11 The Grant 50
12 That First Novel 57
13 Part One Sociology 71
14 The Zoo 77
15 Mock Reconciliation 82
16 Graduation 94
17 Second-Class Citizen 103
18 Job-Hunting 109
19 The Interview 116
20 The Wait 122
21 A Peep into The Seventies 127
22 Job Acceptance 133
23 The Seventies 140
24 The Bride Price 151
25 Dashiki 158
26 The Black Teacher 167
27 Women's Year 172
28 Self-Catering Holiday 180
29 A Glimpse of Success 186
30 TV Plays 196
31 The Move 204
32 The Bride Price is Launched 209
33 The Joys of Motherhood 220
Epilogue 227
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