Helen Oyeyemi: More fun than homework

There was much media excitement last year over Bloomsbury's purchase of a first novel by a teenage writer, Helen Oyeyemi. Although the publisher now insists that the reportedly high sum involved (£400,000) was a wildly inflated figure, publication of The Icarus Girl (Bloomsbury, 17th January 2005, h/b, £16.99, 0747575487) is bound to cause a stir: the author turned 20 just last month, and is about to start her second undergraduate year at Corpus Christi College, Cambridge.

In fact, The Icarus Girl will not be Oyeyemi's only published work in 2005: Methuen is to publish (in one volume) two ...

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