“In Dependence” – A Novel

“In Dependence” – A Novel

“In Dependence” was published in the UK in 2008, in Nigeria in 2009 and in the US in 2011. It is Sarah Ladipo Manyika’s first novel. The novel begins in the early 1960s when Tayo Ajayi meets Vanessa Richardson, the beautiful daughter of an ex-colonial officer. Their story, which spans three continents and four turbulent decades, is that of a brave but bittersweet love affair.  It is the story of individuals struggling to find their place within uncertain political times – a story of passion and idealism, courage and betrayal.

Freshman Read – Centre College, 2012

Waterstones – Featured Writer, Black history month 2009

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In Dependence by Sarah Ladipo Manyika - UK version

In Dependence by Sarah Ladipo Manyika – UK version

Praise for Sarah Ladipo Manyika

‘It is a mark of Manyika’s care for her characters that life and love so engagingly result in a hopeful union.’ — Akin Adesokan, author of Roots in the Sky

‘Sarah Ladipo Manyika’s novel has the subtle power of a well woven work, nothing is out of place… it is full of surprises.’ — Obi Nwankanama, Vanguard

‘A big and elegantly told story of lost love.’ — Brian Chikwava, Author of Harare North

‘In Dependence is Sarah Ladipo Manyika’s debut novel. It is very well written and conceived. The author captures the mood and feel of all the different decades and the three continents that serve as settings for the story. Its scope is vast and sweeping. I really enjoyed the book and I look forward to more works from this writer. Highly recommended.’ – Kinna Reads

‘This book is stirring; it’s a beautiful story of two people from different racial backgrounds who let societal pressure push them apart. You can immediately tell that Manyika is very familiar with the issues at hand and she handles them beautifully with a prose that has a British feel to it… In Dependence is one of the best books I have read this year. Pick up this book.’ – Incessant Scribble