A Spell of Good Things


A dazzling story of modern Nigeria and two families caught in the riptides of wealth, power, romantic obsession and political corruption.

“A moving story, skilfully told, about Eniola, a boy whose future has been snatched away from him, and Wuraola, a talented, overworked junior doctor, whose intertwined narratives combine to produce an insightful portrait of an unequal and deeply divided society moving towards a terrible crisis. A Spell of Good Things is both gripping and memorable.” —Pat Barker

“[Adebayo] has delivered a poised and luminous love story set against the backdrop of a violent contemporary Nigeria” Observer 

“Ayobami Adebayo is a natural storyteller, a spellbinder. Her expansive second novel is Dickensian in scope and execution. It sparkles.” — Helon Habila

“[A Spell of Good Things] could not be more timely, chronicling struggles of class and gender in Nigeria set against the backdrop of fiercely contested and corrosive elections” – Afua Hirsch

“Adebayo’s mesmerizing prose is suffused with heart and sharp emotions. Every page of this book was a pleasure to read. Even the hard parts. A Spell of Good Things is a triumph of storytelling” – Chika Unigwe

“All characters matter in Ayobami Adebayo’s intricate, haunting and timely fictional exploration of classism and sexism set in Nigeria’s election season” – Sefi Atta

“It is wonderful that Ayobami Adebayo has delivered a novel that takes all the promise of her debut Stay With Me to another fabulous level. Her writing has a captivating power that becomes irresistible, detail by detail, page by page, making A Spell of Good Things a truly unforgettable read” – Margaret Busby

“Bright and distinctive . . . Adebayo delivers a searing indictment of the country’s corruption and gender inequalities. This packs a powerful punch” ― Publishers Weekly

“[Ayobami Adebayo] writes about intimate, domestic Nigerian lives, in maybe the way that Anne Tyler does with America . . . within her stories is the whole entire world” ― Open Book

“Adebayo is a gifted storyteller and [A Spell of Good Things] does not disappoint” ― Oprah Daily