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OurShelves with special guest Melatu Uche Okorie

Melatu Uche Okorie

Melatu Uche Okorie


Whose narrative do you believe?

In this episode of OurShelves Lucy Scholes interviews Melatu Uche Okorie, author of This Hostel Life. Lucy and Melatu discuss Milkman by Anna Burns, Rosa Parks and the importance of challenging the narrative.


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On the nightstand

Why The Moon Travels by Oein DeBhairduin

Girl, Woman, Other by Bernadine Evaristo

After The Silence by Louise O’Neill

A Ghost In The Throat by Doireann Ni Ghriofa

On your mind

The OurShelves episode with Deborah Frances White

On repeat

Films – Capernaum, A Separation, Rocks.

Series – Love Is In The Air (Netflix) Greenleaf (Netflix).

Song – UK Band Choir

Pass it on

  1. Anna Burns: Milkman
  2. Marilynne Robinson: Gilead
  3. Margaret Atwood: Alias Grace
  4. Every book by Chimamanda Ngozi AdichieChigozie Obioma: Orchestra of MinoritiesNonviolet Bulawiyo: We Need New Names

    Brian Chikwava: Harare North.

On the pedestal

Rosa Parks

On the wall

  1. Not really into photographs! A portrait of my daughter and a picture of my mother.
  2. On the shelf

    1. Margaret Atwood: Alias Grace
    2. Anna Burns: Milkman
    3. Cecelia Ahern: RoarCeleste Ng: Little Fires Everywhere


Tune in next time for more conversation about books, feminism and culture.