A new young adult novel by Nancy Mudenyo Hunt and Sylvia Vetta
Not so Black and White draws out the common humanity that lies beyond differences of nationality, culture, race or class, issues which affect many young people today. This unusual novel set in London and western Kenya tackles knife crime and fractured community relations in a sink estate in London and patriarchy in western Kenya.
REV’D CHARLOTTE BANNISTER-PARKER (Associate Chaplain to the Bishop of Oxford, Associate Minister, The University Church, Oxford) says:
‘This fascinating book looks at the cross-cultural life of an inspiring young woman Precious, caught between two worlds of the UK and Kenya. The authors manage to weave these worlds together in a proactive way that challenges the reader to take a fresh look at critical issues that are of huge importance in our world today. From gang violence and racial tension in London to arranged marriages, girl child education, and tribal expectations in Kenya. An uplifting and captivating read.’
This novel is unusual being written by two authors.
NANCY MUDENYO HUNT CEO of the Oxfordshire-based charity The Nasio Trust www.thenasiotrust.org
Nancy is the 13th daughter of a Luhyia tribal chief in western Kenya. She moved to the UK and had a successful career as a leadership trainer for Thames Valley Police. She founded the Nasio Trust back in her homeland and established the Exit 7 programme to help young people in the UK who were drifting into antisocial behaviour or had lost direction. In recognition of her achievements transforming young people’s lives, Nancy was awarded the NatWest Most Inspirational Woman award and an Honorary Doctorate by The Open University for her exceptional contribution to development and countering social exclusion.
SYLVIA VETTA freelance writer, author and speaker. www.sylviavetta.co.uk
Available as an eBook, for £2.99 on Amazon, on 10th June 2020. (Printed copies – in the autumn.) Proceeds to The Nasio Trust a UK and Kenyan registered charity which feeds, educates and provides healthcare for orphaned and disadvantaged children in western Kenya
Both authors are available for interviews. Also Marie Hooper: firstname.lastname@example.org
Nancy Hunt: email@example.com; 07917 723593 (What’s App – Kenya)
Sylvia Vetta: firstname.lastname@example.org; 07809 054969
(More endorsements below)
‘Precious Mukosi swaps rural Kenya for cosmopolitan London, only to find her new home as tribal as the one she left behind. Not so Black and White is a personal journey and a love story and a fable of modern living. Themes of racial, sexual and class prejudice are finely woven through the story – to great effect. Dai Richards, documentary film-maker
‘This is a powerful love story between a not so black lady, Precious, and a not so white gentleman, Adrian, played out against a sharply described backdrop of racists’ bigotry, changing society and outdated, cruel traditions’. kOrky Paul, illustrator
‘I couldn’t put this book down. As a librarian I recommend that Not so Black and White should be on the reading list of everyone over the age of 14! It is a beautifully written eye-opener – a brilliant example of how real life should be written in fiction. What I love about it is that it doesn’t down play difficulties but it shows that you don’t have to be shackled by your past. You can hope to change your own life and change the world for the better. Dominique Henderson, village community librarian
It’s amazing! The mix of commentary on society and the key message that our differences and experiences can unite us are so important and will definitely have an impact on the people who read it. Keziah Buss, 18-year-old Nasio volunteer and supporter
The publication date at a time of racial tension in the USA is coincidental but it makes this novel even more relevant .