This House is Not for Sale

E.C. Osondu

Published: 3 March 2016
Paperback, B Format
129x198mm, 192 pages
ISBN: 9781847084835


This House is Not for Sale is a story about a house in an African neighbourhood, the Family House, owned and ruled over by the patriarchal, business-minded Grandpa - by turns benevolent and cruel - and home to his wives, children, grandchildren, and the many in his service. It tells the stories of the people who live there, of the curse placed on the house by one of its former occupants, of the evil and brutality that transpires there, and finally of its downfall.

By the acclaimed author of Voice of America, This House is Not for Sale is a brilliantly inventive debut novel which draws on the rich oral traditions of Nigeria and is full of wisdom and dark humour. From everyday violence and magic, to the voices of gossiping neighbours, here is an utterly engrossing story of an African community, its culture and traditions, and the power of storytelling.

About the author

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E. C. Osondu was born in Nigeria. His writing has appeared in the Atlantic Monthly, Fiction, Vice and the New Statesman, among other publications. He won the 2009 Caine Prize for African Writing and holds an MFA from Syracuse University. He currently teaches at Providence College, Rhode Island. His first book, Voice of America, was published by Granta in 2011. His latest novel, This House is Not for Sale, will also be published by Granta in 2015. More about the author


‘[A] timeless [and] ambitious debut... [it] tells the stories of every one of us, looking for a place in history and society yet struggling to hold onto our private emotions, keeping them intact from the world at large’ Yiyun Li



‘In simple and sparse prose, Osondu takes you into the heart of a colourful working-class community’ Rachel Dugan

‘Narrative fleetness [...] animates Osondu's second work, This House is Not for Sale, right down to the level of its wry sentences... The result is a collection of semi-fantastic modern urban tales... a sense of the marvellous embedded within the texture of daily life’ Hedley Twidle

‘Paints a powerful portrait of a community in microcosm rather than diaspora’

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