Tuesday 12 July 2022

In The St Hilda's Spotlight - Leye Adenle


Name:- Leye Adenle

Job:- Author, business and personal coach who has also appeared on stage in London

Website:- http://leyeadenle.com

Twitter: - @LeyeAdenle


Leye Adenle comes from a family of writers. His novel Easy Motion Tourist was the winner of the first ever Prix Marianne in 2016. His short story The Assassination (which was published in the anthology Sunshine Noir) was a finalist for the CWA 2016 Short Story Dagger. He is currently writing the fourth book in the Amaka series.

Current book? (This can either be the current book that you are reading or writing)

I’m currently working on the fourth book in my Amaka Thriller Series. The current working title is AMAKA.

Favourite book

The Palm Wine Drinkard by Amos Tutuola

Which two characters would you invite to dinner and why? 

Jack Reacher and Lisbeth Salander. Why? I find them both very intriguing and I want to see how they get along. 

How do you relax?

Long walks

Which book do you wish you had written and why? 

The Spy Who Came in from The Cold by John Le Carré I think it’s a perfect thriller. 

What would you say to your younger self if you were just starting out as a writer.

Trust yourself. Have fun. It all works out in the end. You got this. 

How would you describe your latest published book?

Magical. The Beautiful Side of the Moon (Ouida Press 2022) is a speculative fiction thriller in which a Nigerian is called upon to save the world.

With Town and Country: Green Lanes to Mean Streets being the theme at St Hilda's this year, Where is your favourite town and where is your favourite country? Why have you chosen these?

Lagos, Nigeria. It’s the craziest, most fun, most colourful, most accommodating, most unpredictable city I’ve ever lived in. 

What are you looking forward to at St Hilda's?

Friends and readers!

The Beautiful Side of the Moon (Ouida Press 2022)

In which a Nigerian saves the world. Drawing on age-old African story-telling traditions, modern science-fiction and contemporary thriller writing, The Beautiful Side of the Moon conjures up an entirely new way of seeing the world. The central character, Osaterin, thinks he is just a modest IT guy living in Lagos – but it turns out he is much, much more than that…

Information about 2022 St Hilda's College Crime Fiction Weekend and how to book tickets can be found here.

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