We are thrilled to announce major deals in the US and UK for Nikki May’s Wahala, a stunning novel about female friendship with a suspenseful twist.
Following a nine-way auction in the UK, Jane Lawson at Doubleday acquired the UK rights for two books in a major deal from Catherine Cho. The North American rights were sold to Katherine Nintzel at HarperCollins in a seven figure deal.
With shades of Sex and the City, Expectation and My Sister the Serial Killer, Nikki May’s Wahala tackles race, class, identity and womanhood.
Three thirty-something Anglo-Nigerian female friends are living in London, successfully navigating a world that mixes roast dinners with jollof rice: Ronke, desperate to settle down, is in love with Kayode, though her friends think he’s yet another Nigerian dodgy boyfriend; Boo has a gorgeous husband and daughter, but feels unfulfilled and unsure where she belongs; Simi has a successful career lifestyle, though she is crippled by imposter syndrome, and her husband thinks they’re trying for a baby. She’s not.
When the charismatic Isobel arrives in their lives, tension mounts until a hidden trauma reveals itself in a tragic act.
Jane Lawson at Doubleday commented:
“WAHALA immediately dazzled me with its charm and humour combined with its shocking killer twist. It is clever and surprising about female friendship among modern women. What is more enthralling is how Nikki May subverts her story to explore dramatic themes of vengeance and jealousy, which reap destruction on this novel like a Greek tragedy, giving it even greater power and resonance. All of this is set to the most delicious scenes of Nigerian cooking, Afrobeats and fashion. We at Doubleday are hugely excited and honoured to be publishing such a unique talent at the start of her stellar writing career.”
We are absolutely thrilled for Nikki, she is truly a star, and we can’t wait for readers to fall in love with this unforgettable debut.
Nikki May is Nigerian-British, her inspiration for the novel came after a long (and loud) lunch with her friends. She formerly ran a successful ad agency before turning to writing. She lives in Dorset with her husband and two standard schnauzers.
The news was also announced in The Bookseller.