Profile: Oyinkan Braithwaite

Oyinkan Braithwaite is a Nigerian-British novelist and writer. She is a graduate of Creative Writing and Law from Kingston University. Following her degree, she worked as an assistant editor at Kachifo, a Nigerian publishing house, and as a production manager at Ajapaworld, a children’s educational and entertainment company. She now works as a freelance writer and editor. In 2014, she was shortlisted as a top-ten spoken word artist in the Eko Poetry Slam, and in 2016, she was a finalist for the Commonwealth Short Story Prize. She lives in Lagos, Nigeria.

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Awards

  • My Sister, the Serial Killer
    • winner of the LA Times Book Prize for Mystery/Thriller
    • winner of Anthony Award for Best First Novel
    • finalist for the 2019 Women’s Prize
    • nominated for the 2019 Booker Award
    • nominated for Goodreads Choice Awards Best Mystery & Thriller
    • nominated for Goodreads Choice Awards Best Debut Novel

Featured Work

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When Korede’s dinner is interrupted one night by a distress call from her sister, Ayoola, she knows what’s expected of her: bleach, rubber gloves, nerves of steel and a strong stomach. This’ll be the third boyfriend Ayoola’s dispatched in, quote, self-defence and the third mess that her lethal little sibling has left Korede to clear away. She should probably go to the police for the good of the menfolk of Nigeria, but she loves her sister and, as they say, family always comes first. Until, that is, Ayoola starts dating the doctor where Korede works as a nurse. Korede’s long been in love with him, and isn’t prepared to see him wind up with a knife in his back: but to save one would mean sacrificing the other…

My Sister, the Serial Killer is a blackly comic novel about how blood is thicker – and more difficult to get out of the carpet – than water.

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