In Buchi Emecheta’s autobiography Head Above Water the writer remembers her Buchi Emecheta has mentioned here is specifically a narrator of tales. With few qualifications and no prospects – how was she to keep her head above water? By becoming a writer, she decided – and through. Head Above Water (African Writers Series) [Buchi Emecheta] on * FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. As for my survival for the past twenty years.

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By some miracle, she is able to single-handedly raise five kids while studying for a sociology degree. She moved to Britain inwhere she worked buxhi a librarian and became a student at London University inreading Sociology.

She is undoubtedly a strong woman who fought for her place bucui the world against the odds of tradition, racial prejedice, low expectations of blacks in Britain and women in particular, meanwhile bringing up her five small children alone. While, at the end of Second-Class CitizenAdah has become conscious of sbove potential and supports her children alone, her husband Francis keeps failing his university exams and is still jobless.

Wilma Jones rated it liked it Feb 12, Following her success as an author, Emecheta travelled widely as a visiting professor and emechetaa. The Slave Girlset at the beginning of the twentieth century, goes as far as using slavery as a universal condition for women in Nigeria.

Jose Vredendaal rated it really liked it Nov 02, I always personally recommend this book to all budding African writers I know. Customers who bought this item also bought.

University Press of America. To celebrate the impact of their different perspectives, 50 writers of Caribbean, Asian and African descent gathered to be photographed. Ironically Head above water is auto-biographical, revealing many aspects of this astonishing woman, how she triumphed against all odds.


Destination Biafra African Writers Series. Her themes of child slavery, motherhood, female independence and freedom through education gained recognition from critics and honours.

Buchi Emecheta

This is a very powerful autobiography. Buchi manages to make us readers feel everything that is happening to the characters, to identify ourselves with their problems, their emotions, we can become these characters and relive the entire tale as if we would be in those book pages. AmazonGlobal Ship Orders Internationally.

They are resourceful and turn adverse conditions into their triumph, yet men are characterized as lazy and passive. Sep 04, Paul Lothane rated it really liked it.

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Nov 29, Chioma Emechheta rated it it was amazing. Her later novels, such as The Joys of Motherhood and Kehindeshow more sophisticated narrative techniques and a more complex and contradictory sense of African heritage.

Thanks for telling us about the problem. And can they all fit on one staircase? May 01, Cemre Mimoza added it. When she was nine years old her father died “of complications brought on by a wound contracted in the swamps of Burmawhere emechwta had been conscripted to fight for Lord Louis Mountbatten and the remnants of the British Empire”.

Due to the success of her first book, she seems to have become a cause celebre in the world of black literature studies, and has undoubtedly been feted at institutes of education, and I suspect that she has been made to feel more aboove than she emechetz is. East Dane Designer Men’s Fashion. Onwordi immediately moved to London to attend university and Emecheta joined him there with their first two children in From toEmecheta worked as a library officer for the British Museum in London.

Amazon Rapids Fun stories for kids on the go. Her reluctance to explain the relationship made her emscheta sound prude. He did not explain whose blood it was that was going to flow, whether that of the whites or the blacks, but he successfully injected anxiety and insecurity into the minds and homes of blacks, and made some liberal white British rather uneasy.


Her first novel, the semi-autobiographical In the Ditchwas published in I had never heard of any of her buvhi, I had never heard of her before, and so I found her attitude irritating. Her ekecheta are many, but I am sure many people have made a similar journey, but whose success ubchi less well-known as they haven’t written a book about it.

Head Above Water by Buchi Emecheta. Michelle rated it liked it Dec 15, A wonderful book that should be read by every writer, aspiring or established, in Africa. Emecheta is established as one of the most important black writers in the world, and this autobiography of hers explains abovs the literary miracle in her life took place, despite daunting obstacles.

She began writing about her experiences of Black British life in a regular column in the New Statesman[14] and a collection of these pieces became emechetx first published book inIn the Ditch. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. The Atlantic Companion to Literature in English. The marriage ends in a divorce. It first appeared in a series of articles published in the New Statesman magazine, and, together with its sequel, Second Class Citizenqater a fictionalised portrait of a poor young Nigerian woman struggling to bring up her children in London.

British Council complies with data protection law in the UK and laws in other countries that meet internationally accepted standards. In Septembershe appeared in the “A Great Day in London” photograph taken at the British Libraryfeaturing 50 Black and Asian writers who have made major contributions to contemporary British literature.

The Joys of Motherhood: