Harper Collins presents The Teller of Secrets, November 16 2021; Daughter in Exile, 2022

“This is a really wonderful story. Bisi Adjapon writes with incredible vividness and clarity.” - Dave Eggers, publisher of McSweeney’s Quarterly Concern and Pulitzer Prize-winning author of A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius

In this stunning debut novel—a tale of self-discovery and feminist awakening—a feisty Nigerian-Ghanaian girl growing up amid the political upheaval of late 1960s postcolonial Ghana begins to question the hypocrisy of her patriarchal society, and the restrictions and unrealistic expectations placed on women. Young Esi Agyekum is the unofficial “secret keeper” of her family, as tight-lipped about her father's adultery as she is about her half-sisters’ sex lives. But after she is humiliated and punished for her own sexual exploration, Esi begins to question why women's secrets and men's secrets bear different consequences. It is the beginning of a journey of discovery that will lead her to unexpected places.


December 9, 9pm GMT Livestream panel with James Maura and Zoe Beck

Critical Acclaim

"From early on, you are drawn to her mix of naivety, spunky personality and candid reflections...endearing."

— The East African

“One of the frankest literary voices...deserves a literary ovation.”

— Daily Trust

“Engaging...Esi’s circumstances makes her story relatable to all women, regardless of nationality, background, or upbringing.”

— REWRITE London

“What a lovely lovely read. I want to buy copies to gift to every young woman I know. I laughed out loud in places. I swear it's a universal African girl story”

— Zukiswa Wanner, winner of the K Sello Duiker Memorial Literary Award for London Cape Town Joburg

“...I was stealing time to read between patients. An enticing and mesmerizing read. It just pulls you along, and tugs at your heart, bringing back long forgotten strong and confusing feelings. A work of great courage and commitment.”

— Doctor Afuah Laing, Founder of Obaatan Pa Free Clinic for Women

“Bisi Adjapon has addressed some of the truly difficult aspects of love and sexuality for girls and women in Ghana fearlessly and skillfully. 5 stars.”

— The Mirror

“All 414 glorious pages consumed in one night....an honest, in your face account of a little girl growing up.”

— Pages and Palette

“Unputdownable.... a book that makes you go from laughing out loud to bawling and back to laughing again.”

— Ayesha Haruna Attah, author of The Hundred Wells of Salaga

“Far more entertaining than kissing a frog who is really a prince....One of the best books this year“

— Arts and Africa

“Stunning...I spent many hours moving between out-loud laughter, gripping fear and deep annoyance and love for Esi and her father.“

— Africa in Dialogue

“...At times hilariously funny and at others deeply disturbing. ‘The Teller of Secrets’ offers a refreshing and insider perspective onto two West African societies...it is accessible and relatable to both West African and worldwide audiences.“

— Literandra, London

“Brilliant...freaking kick ass novel.“

— James Murua, Africa’s leading critic and blogger



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