Nile Baby is an imaginatively daring story with a universal appeal, about two young friends – Alice Brass Khan and Arnie Binns, both twelve, both pre-teen misfits – who discover a ninety-year-old foetus specimen in the laboratory storeroom of their school and set out on two very different journeys to return it to its rightful home. Their journeys lead them to discover not only their absent fathers but also other buried and surprising roots. Close to the River Thames and not far from Heathrow Airport, the two friends reunite to find at the end of their adventure that their foetus will insist on its own manner of leaving them.
“A magnificent, important and moving story about the deeply embedded presences of Africa in England today.” - Zoë Wicomb, University of Strathclyde, UK.
Nile Baby has been described by Giles Foden as “Grange Hill crossed with Frankenstein – a fascinating read”.