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Bolu Babalola On The Art Of Romance & Truths It Tells Us

There are many books that are dubbed ‘The Most Anticipated’, but Honey & Spice, the debut novel from the eminent Bolu Babalola, truly deserves that title.

After blessing us in the height of nationwide lockdowns with the short story anthology Love In Colour, lovers of books and lovers of love have been on tenterhooks as they await Honey & Spice, Bolu’s debut novel.

Set in the world of a fictional university’s ACS, Honey & Spice has all the great flavours of romance stories we love, with the added seasoning of that Black British “je ne sais quoi”.

We spoke to Bolu a week after release but just before she would discover that not only was Honey & Spice a Hardback Top 20 bestseller, but it was also about to be a national bestseller in the US and a Sunday Times bestseller in the UK. 

Interview had been edited for length and clarity.