Wahala by Nikki May

Today I’m delighted to share another of my online reviews with My Weekly. This time it’s of the fabulous Wahala by Nikki May.

Published by Penguin imprint Doubleday on 6th January 2021, Wahala is available for purchase through these links.


Ronke, Simi, Boo are three mixed-race friends living in London.
They have the gift of two cultures, Nigerian and English.
Not all of them choose to see it that way.

Everyday racism has never held them back, but now in their thirties, they question their future. Ronke wants a husband (he must be Nigerian); Boo enjoys (correction: endures) stay-at-home motherhood; while Simi, full of fashion career dreams, rolls her eyes as her boss refers to her urban vibe yet again.

When Isobel, a lethally glamorous friend from their past arrives in town, she is determined to fix their futures for them.

Cracks in their friendship begin to appear, and it is soon obvious Isobel is not sorting but wrecking. When she is driven to a terrible act, the women are forced to reckon with a crime in their past that may just have repeated itself.

Explosive, hilarious and wildly entertaining, this razor-sharp tale of love, race and family will have you laughing, crying and gasping in horror. Fearlessly political about class, colourism and clothes, the spellbinding Wahala is for anyone who has ever cherished friendship, in all its forms.

My Review of Wahala

My full review of Wahala can be found on the My Weekly website here.

However, here I can say that Wahala is going to be one of THE books of 2022. I found it entertaining, engaging and packed with wit and tension. It’s an absolute corker.

Do visit My Weekly to read my full review here.

About Nikki May

Born in Bristol, raised in Lagos, Nikki May is Anglo-Nigerian. She ran a successful ad agency before turning to writing. Her debut novel WAHALA was inspired by a long (and loud) lunch with friends. It will be published around the world in January 2022 and is being turned into major BBC TV drama. She lives in Dorset with her husband, two standard schnauzers, and way too many books.

You can follow Nikki on Twitter @NikkiOMay or Instagram and visit her website to discover more.

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