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The 14th Tale  

The 14th Tale $22.72 ex GST
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1988: at four-years-old, he short-circuited his home with a silver spoon and a Betamax video player.

1989: stopped a 700-strong student assembly with a tantrum.

1995: was chased through jungle growth by a crazed, frustrated French teacher called Monsieur Batcock...Misfit? Apparently – until a little family research reveals a pattern of mischief reaching as far back as a great grandfather, and so the story begins:

I'm from a long line of trouble makers, of ash skinned Africans, born with clenched fists and a natural thirst for battle only quenched by breast milk. They'd suckle as if the white silk sliding between gums were liquid peace treaties from mums. The 14th Tale is a beautiful mellifluous narrative that tells the hilarious exploits of a natural born mischief, growing from the clay streets of Nigeria to rooftops in Dublin and finally to London by award-winning writer and performer Inua Ellams.


'A sharp reminder of the power of language and rhythm' The Scotsman

'Ellams’s poetry is smooth enough to melt in the ear, yet packed full of snap, crackle and pop. Accompanied by a fluid but simple movement score, his words conjure vivid cartoonish images imbued with both atmosphere and detail.'  Time Out

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Oberon Books, UK | 978-1-78319-885-6 | Sales Rights: Australia/NZ only | PB


INUA ELLAMS was born in Nigeria and is now based London. He is a poet and graphic artist, a writer with a style as influenced by classic literature as it is by hip hop. His debut play The 14th Tale won an Edinburgh Fringe First Award in 2009, and ran at the National Theatre in spring 2010. His other work includes Goats Milk & Mathematics), Night Knuckles and Not Writing, Waterfront, What Becomes of the Broken Hearted, The ScapeGallow and Untitled.