The House My Father Built
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The House My Father Built


Having inherited a house in Surelere from his father, and having waited ten years for the terms of the inheritance to be fulfilled, Adewale Maja-Pearce is eager to take possession of his house. He offers the tenants a one-year rent-free break to allow them search for other accommodation, after which they are to move out. They accept this, and it looks like smooth sailing. Little does Maja-Pearce know that, when the time comes to leave, his tenants will put him through one of the fiercest struggles of his life in their attempts to stay put. Psychological warfare, endless court cases, intimidation by the police and a possible attempt on his life make up Maja-Pearce’s experience in trying to claim the house his father left him.

Simple yet profound, The House My Father Built will delight you with its earnest, humorous delivery and keen insights into the psyche of a nation and its people.

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About the author(s)

Adewale Maja-Pearce

Adewale Maja-Pearce is an author and editor with several published books. Popular among his works are In My Father’s Country and Who’s Afraid of Wole Soyinka?: Essays on Censorship. Maja-Pearce was editor of the Heinemann African Writers’ Series and Africa editor of Index on Censorship. His writing has appeared in Granta, The London Review of Books, The Times Literary Supplement and other publications. He currently lives and works in Lagos.

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