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Big Read: Alumni Chapter

Kingston University Big Read 2021

Join Kingston University students, alumni and staff for this year's Big Read, which includes a virtual Big Read Book Club over the summer! The Big Read brings together Kingston's community through a shared reading experience and offers opportunities to learn together and enhance our understanding of the world.

Big Read 2021

We are delighted to announce that this year's Kingston University Big Read book is The Private Joys of Nnenna Maloney by Okechukwu Nzelu, winner of a Betty Trask Award 2020.

Nnenna Maloney is turning seventeen and still missing half of herself. To find out more about her Igbo-Nigerian father, Maurice, she begins to question her white mother, Joanie, whose lips are sealed. This witty and hilarious novel explores different stages of life, and themes of race, sexuality, gender, religion and identity.

Okechukwu Nzelu is a Manchester-based author and lecturer in creative writing at Lancaster University. The Private Joys of Nnenna Maloney is his award-winning debut novel.

Big Read Book Club

21 July to 15 September 2021

This summer's virtual Big Read Book Club is a wonderful opportunity to connect with your Kingston University community. Professor Alison Baverstock will be hosting weekly discussions with a panel of academic and alumni special guests, exploring different themes from The Private Joys of Nnenna Maloney, from heritage and identity to fashion and art.

Find out more about the Big Read Book Club >

Order your copy

A special edition of The Private Joys of Nnenna Maloney is available to Kingston alumni for £8 (UK delivery) or £11 (international delivery). Please order your copy via the Big Read: Alumni Chapter order form below.

Delivery note: We hope you will receive your book within 10 working days of placing your order, however, there may be unexpected disruptions in local regions due to Covid-19 which may delay delivery. If you have any queries, please get in touch with us at

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