Bad Love, released as an audio book by Audible, is a title published by Jacaranda Books as part of their #Twentyin2020 campaign, publishing twenty titles by Black British writers this year.
The audio book was released on June 18th, along with it’s paperback release and is narrated by Vivienne Achempong.
About Bad Love
Bad Love tells the story of Ekuah Danquah, a London-born Ghanaian who is 18 years old when she falls in love for the first time. As both narrator and protagonist now in her 30s, she delves into her memories of angst and confusion that dismantled her experience of that first, impactful romantic relationship. It meets none of her rigid expectations and instead shines a light on other significant relationships in her life, especially the marriage of her parents, something she had long considered an unhappy pairing.
I listened to this audio book over a few days and found it a really poetic story of first love, growing up and looking at relationships old and new. Set in London, Venice, Accra and Paris we follow Ekuah from 18 to into her 30’s as she looks at her first love, relationships and learns about who she is as she grows into becoming an adult.
A wonderful look at messy relationships, what love means and what love is. Along with those first few years of adult freedom.
To coincide with the print release, the audio edition of Bad Love will be release exclusively on Audible on 18th June 2020. Jacaranda is the publisher for the print edition and Bad Love is part of Jacaranda’s #Twentyin2020 campaign, publishing twenty titles by Black British writers this year. Audible is partnering with Jacaranda to exclusively produce the audio releases of all twenty titles. Already released under the #Twentyin2020 campaign are: Lote by Shola von Reinhold, Through the Leopard’s Gaze written and narrated by comedian Njambi McGrath, The Space Between Black and White written and narrated by Esuantsiwa Jane Goldsmith and Under Solomon Skies by Berni Sorga-Millwood, narrated by Damian Lynch.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Maame Blue is a Ghanaian Londoner, writer, and project manager for not-for- profit organisations. As well as co-hosting Headscarves and Carry-ons – a podcast about black girls living abroad – she regularly runs social media campaigns for www.bmeprpros.co.uk and sporadically blogs over at www.maamebluewrites.com. In 2018 she won the Africa Writes x AFREADA flash fiction competition for her story Black Sky. She has since been published in AFREADA, Afribuku, and Memoir Magazine; with stories forthcoming in Storm Cellar Quarterly and Litro Magazine.
ABOUT THE NARRATOR
Vivienne Acheampong is an actress and comedian, best known for featuring in Death in Paradise (2011), The Trap (2015) and Turn Up Charlie (2019).
Thank you to Amber at Midas Public Relations for my stop on the tour and a gifted copy of the audio book.