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Summary

Love stories inspired by tales of the past....

Join debut author Bolu Babalola as she recreates the most beautiful love stories from history and mythology and retells them with incredible new detail and vivacity. Focusing on the magical folktales of West Africa, Babalola also reimagines iconic Greek myths, ancient legends from South Asia and stories from countries that no longer exist in our world. Babalola is inspired by tales that truly show the variety and colours of love around the globe. 

A high-born Nigerian goddess feels beaten down and unappreciated by her gregarious lover and longs to be truly seen.

A young businesswoman attempts to make a great leap in her company and an even greater one in her love life.

A powerful Ghanaian spokeswoman is forced to decide whether to uphold her family's politics or to be true to her heart.

Whether captured in the passion of love at first sight or realising that self-love takes precedent over the latter, the characters in these vibrant stories try to navigate this most complex human emotion and understand why it holds them hostage.

Babalola takes a step in decolonising tropes of love by creating new stories that are inspired by the wildly beautiful tales that already exist in so many communities and cultures. Moving exhilaratingly across perspectives, continents and genres, from the historic to the vividly current, Love in Colour is a celebration of romance in all of its forms. 

Get lost in these mystical worlds and see that love, like humanity, comes in Technicolor.

©2020 Bolu Babalola (P)2020 Headline Publishing Group Ltd

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Fantastic!

Such a beautiful collection of stories. The detail and imagery that they conjure is wonderfully immersive along with some brilliant modern twists that had me laughing out loud. Thoroughly recommend!

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Loved it.

The author's use of language is absolutely delightful and the themes of patriachy and colour resonate vibrantly in the backdrop of British colonialism.
It was a pleasure to read the stories intertwined in myths and modern life so that the listener is transported to the times potrayed.

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Beautiful stories, some disappointing narration

The book itself is beautifully written. The stories are rich and evocative and the author's note was a powerful way to give extra meaning to the whole. The way Babalola writes about love is passionate and inspiring (but sometimes a bit cheesey). Society needs more of this.

However, I found one of the narrators quite frustrating and ended up skipping over some stories. Perhaps the fact that I listen to my audiobooks before bed meant that the feeling of being read to by someone without the theatrical nuances needed to bring to life such rich stories was amplified.

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original, fresh, powerful, sensual

absolutely loved this, its original, fresh, powerful, sensual, feminist. Bolu can write! narration is also wonderful. 5*

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Young and joyful

I loved every story. Vibrant, youthful and refreshing. I fell in love with love again

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I didn't know what to expect but I LOVED it.

An incredible storyteller who has taken the old stories and made them fresh and relevant for today. I left this book feeling joyous.
Highly recommended

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Lovely and cheerful

Really enjoyed these retelling of myths from around the world, with a modern and feminist slant. All were cheerful and celebrate love. More please.

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The narrators were excellent- they really brought the “feelings” expressed in the stories to life. Thoroughly enjoyed it.

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Comforting, heartful, and warming ❤️

I loved these short stories. The writing style is lovely and every tale made me love love ❤️

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Highly recommended

A beautiful collection of stories. Each one leaves you wanting more. Great narration, would recommend this to anyone

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  • Winnie Rugutt-Chebon
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Such lovely Short stories

Lovely stories of love that left me all warm and smiley. Initially, I found it difficult to keep up with every new character but I eventually got a hang of it.

My favorite line in the book
“She (the author) is fascinated by how much love can soften a hard life, highlight the best of you and not condemn the worst of you.”

This line reminds me of what marriage means to me. Thank you Babalola for the lovely work you've put together.