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Thirteen-year-old Esi is reluctantly on her way to London, England.
After many happy years with Grandma in Ghana, she is joining Maggie, the mother she hasn’t lived with since the age of six.
Her move to London, not only forces Esi to deal with challenges she’s never faced before, but it brings up lots of questions about Solomon, her absent father, and Maggie - the answers to which in the end change her life.
Looking Up is a compelling drama about faith, family separation, migration and the resilience of love.
" A sensitive and delightful story of tension and reconciliation in a Ghanaian family in London."
Professor A N Mensah, Retired Professor of English, University of Ghana
I am currently working on my next book.
I have a BA (Hons) in Law and Sociology and a Masters in Industrial Relations from Warwick University, England as well as a PhD in Development Studies from University of East Anglia, England.
Why do I write fiction?
My love of books, drama and writing led me to start creating fiction. I aim to create strong central characters dealing with the challenges that life has presented them with.
I am married with three children which is wonderful but demanding too.
Did you know ...
At school and at university, I loved acting on stage and performing poetry. I remember being the only non-drama student in a university drama production. I guess the ability to imagine being someone else helps me write fiction.
My News/ Media
Interviews, Reviews, Magazine and Newspaper features
A lovely, detailed review of my novel in Akadi magazine
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Excited to have been shortlisted as a finalist for the #DHA Open Week in January 2021 by the literary agents David Higham Associates (DHA) for the new novel that I am working on.
A lovely, confidence boosting Xmas present.
My twitter handle is @ey_abs.
Check out my interview on the Black Fiction Addiction Blog http://blackfictionaddiction.com/2020/09/abena-eyeson-2/
Looking Up gets a lovely review in August 2020 by Bookwormgh. Check it out on https://bookwormgh.com/index.php/book-review/2020/08/14/book-review-abena-eyesons-looking-up/
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The book launch on 22nd February 2020 3-6pm marked a year since the publication of Looking Up. There were readings from the book, a question and answer session, live music from Coco Mbassi and each ticket holder got a signed copy of the book.
A cute review by a younger reader on Mango Bubbles Books https://mangobubblesbooks.com/2019/06/22/looking-up-abena-eyeson-reviewed-by-bluesky-age-12/
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Africa Access reviews Looking Up
Check out this wonderful review of Looking Up by Africa Access Review in the USA who provide scholarly reviews of children’s and young adult books that focus on Africa. More than 100 African Studies scholars in the US are members of the review team. http://africaaccessreview.org/2019/10/lookin-up-a-family-drama/
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