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by Ijangolet S Ogwang


Longlisted for the Dublin Literary Award

Shortlisted for the UJ Debut Novel Award

When two sisters finally meet after twenty-two years, how mirrored will each feel by the other?

Set between Uganda and South Africa, An Image in a Mirror is the story of Nyakale and Achen, identical twins pulled apart by their mother’s decision to give one of them away to her sister for a chance at a better life. 

At the heart of this beautifully woven tale is a coming-of-age story of two young women growing up in separate worlds that are as different as they are similar. 

'A richly told and deeply intimate African story about the becoming of two young women.' Books Live Sunday Times

'A beautifully crafted tale of twins … Awesome.' Sunday Sun

'A touching and perceptive tale of family and the depth of shared origins.' City of Cape Town Library

'A powerful new female voice has entered the storytelling scene … A gripping story about twin sisters who are separated during their childhood … Not to be missed.' City Press

'A beautifully written debut novel.' Your Family

'It Is quite remarkable how gripping it is … I was hooked within the first five pages. Ogwang is a brilliant writer with a multinational background – Kenyan, Ugandan and South African, which obviously lends colour and depth to her writing. I, for one, cannot wait to read the next one.' AfroVoice

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ISBN (Paperback Original): 9781915643728

ISBN (E-book): 9781915643735

Price: £9.99 (PB) £4.99 (E-book) 

Pub date: 22nd February 2024
Extent: 176 pages  
Format: 129x198mm  
Rights Held: World (excl. SADC and North America)  
Translation Rights: Yes


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Ijangolet S Ogwang is a Kenyan born Ugandan-South-African writer. Her debut novel An Image in a Mirror was published by Blackbird Books in 2018 and became a national bestseller in South Africa. The novel was shortlisted for the University of Johannesburg Debut Novel Award 2019 and longlisted for the Dublin Literary Award 2020. The novel has been showcased at local and international book festivals including; The African Book Festival (Berlin), The Abantu Book Festival and The Open Book Festival.

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