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One of the hottest debuts of 2022, Wahala by Nikki May is an explosive story of female friendship, jealousy and revenge.

In May’s debut novel, three mixed-race friends navigate frustrated hopes and thwarted love in modern London, when the arrival of a lethally glamorous fourth woman threatens to spin their lives out of control.

Wahala is a darkly funny and razor-sharp take on the female friendship novel, perfect for fans of Queenie and Expectation.

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1.     No purchase necessary to enter the prize draw.

2.     This prize draw is open to UK residents aged 18 years or over, with the exception of employees of the Promoter and their group companies, their families, agents and anyone else connected with this promotion.

3.     Entries must be received by 23.59 (GMT) on Monday 28th February 2022. The Promoter accepts no responsibility for any entries that are incomplete, illegible, corrupted or fail to reach the Promoter by the relevant closing date for any reason. Proof of posting or sending is not proof of receipt. Automatically generated entries or entries via agents or third parties are invalid and shall not be considered. Entries become the property of the Promoter and are not returned.

4.     Only one entry per person. No entrant may win more than one prize.

5.     To enter fill in your details on the online form on this page. 

6.     All valid and correctly completed entries received by the closing date will be entered into a prize draw, which will take place on Tuesday 1st March 2022. The first entry drawn at random will be the winner.

7.     The prize for the winner is a signed copy of Wahala by Nikki May and all 6 sets in the BLKListed instant nails range.

8.     Ten runners up will win a set of BLKlisted instant nails and a hardback copy of Wahala.

9.     In the event of unforeseen circumstances, the Promoter reserves the right (a) to substitute alternative prizes of equivalent or greater value and (b) in exceptional circumstances to amend or foreclose the promotion without notice. No correspondence will be entered into.

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  • Wahala

  • Brought to you by Penguin.

    Sex and the City' with a killer edge for fans of QUEENIE, EXPECTATION and MY SISTER, THE SERIAL KILLER

    See me, see trouble

    Ronke, Simi, Boo are three mixed-race friends living in London. They have the gift of two cultures, Nigerian and English, though they don't all choose to see it that way.

    Everyday racism has never held them back, but now in their thirties, they question their future. Ronke wants a husband (he must be Nigerian); Boo enjoys (correction: endures) stay-at-home motherhood; while Simi, full of fashion career dreams, rolls her eyes as her boss refers to her 'urban vibe' yet again.

    When Isobel, a lethally glamorous friend from their past arrives in town, she is determined to fix their futures for them.

    Cracks in their friendship begin to appear, and it is soon obvious Isobel is not sorting but wrecking. When she is driven to a terrible act, the women are forced to reckon with a crime in their past that may just have repeated itself.

    A darkly comic and bitingly subversive take on love, race and family, Wahala will have you laughing, crying and gasping in horror. Boldly political about class, colorism and cooking, here is a truly inclusive tale that will speak to anyone who has ever cherished friendship, in all its forms.

    © Nikki May 2022 (P) Penguin Audio 2022

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