Elnathan John is a novelist, based in the Nigerian capital, Abuja. His work was shortlisted for the Caine Prize for African Writing in 2013 and again in 2015. His work has appeared in Hazlitt, Per Contra, the Evergreen Review, the Financial Times and the Caine Prize for African Writing anthology 2013 and 2014 He writes satire for a Nigerian newspaper and his blog. His first novel, Born on a Tuesday, will be published by Cassava Republic Press in the UK and Nigeria, in the US by Grove/Atlantic and by Editions Galaade in France.
Born on a Tuesday:
‘With brave, unflinching candor expressed through spare, unadorned prose, Elnathan John considers the rise of Islamic extremism in Nigeria as experienced by one young man. Anyone seeking to peer beyond the media’s portrayals of Boko Haram must read this book, not because it offers a hopeful account but because it offers a human one.’ —Taiye Selasi, author of Ghana Must Go
‘Elnathan John’s first novel is an ambitious book that tackles modern Nigeria’s extremely complex religious landscape with great insight passion and humor by taking us deep into the mental and emotional space of the country’s most neglected.’—Uzodinma Iweala, author of Beasts of No Nation