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Seven-figure book deal for debut author, a 21-year-old student

Seven-figure book deal for debut author: Student, 21, to release two young adult novels – including one dubbed ‘an explosive high-school thriller that delves deep into the heart of institutionalised racism’

  • Faridah Abike-Iyimide’s debut novel Ace of Spades will be released next June 
  • The high-school thriller will ‘delve deep into the heart of institutionalised racism’
  • Abike-Iyimide said she is grateful for the opportunity for people to read her story

A 21-year-old student has signed a seven-figure book deal for her first two young adult novels.

Faridah Abike-Iyimide’s debut, Ace Of Spades, will be released next June. 

Usborne Publishing said readers should expect an ‘explosive high-school thriller that delves deep into the heart of institutionalised racism’.

Miss Abike-Iyimide, who is studying English, Chinese and anthropology at Aberdeen University, describes herself on her own website as ‘an avid tea drinker’, a ‘collector of strange mugs’ and a ‘crusher of white supremacy in all its forms’.

Set in an elite private school, Ace Of Spades sees a mysterious source spreading rumours about two black students.

Aberdeen University student Faridah Abike-Iyimide’s (pictured) debut novel, Ace Of Spades, releases next June, with the publisher describing it as an ‘explosive high-school thriller that delves deep into the heart of institutionalised racism’

Its author has called it a cross between the horror film Get Out and TV show Gossip Girl ‘but gayer’, adding that the book ’embodies themes that I am very passionate about, such as homophobia in the black community, institutional racism and the diversity of thought amongst black people’.

The south Londoner said: ‘I am so grateful for this opportunity to share this story and have others see themselves for the first time in these characters.’ 

Her website adds that she attended an all-girl Catholic school between the ages of 11 and 18, despite being Muslim.

She also writes of her heritage, saying: ‘I am Nigerian and love my culture – especially the food and the music.’ 

Set in an elite private school, Ace Of Spades (pictured) sees a mysterious source spreading rumours about two black students

Set in an elite private school, Ace Of Spades (pictured) sees a mysterious source spreading rumours about two black students

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