Faridah Àbíké-Íyímídé: Play the Cards You're Dealt

Faridah Àbíké-Íyímídé is the instant New York Times and IndieBound bestselling author of Ace of Spades. Described as ‘this summer’s hottest YA debut’, the thriller will literally have you on the edge of your seat right up to the final pages. Welcome to Niveus Private Academy, where money paves the hallways and the students are never less than perfect. Two of those students, could not be more different: where Chiamaka is head girl, popular and strong-willed, Devon is a scholarship music student who keeps his head down. It’s safe to say they would have had nothing to do with one another if it weren’t for an anonymous texter who starts bringing their darkest secrets to light and sharing details around the whole school. Join the Aberdeen-based debut writer, avid tea drinker and collector of strange mugs to hear about her phenomenal debut, an utterly compelling novel that deals with issues of class, race and sexuality, whilst remaining at its heart a nail-biting thriller.

This event was filmed live at the 2021 Edinburgh International Book Festival and chaired by award-winning journalist, book editor and podcast host Charlie Brinkhurst Cuff.

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