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Helen Oyeyemi is the author of The Icarus Girl, The Opposite House, White is for Witching (which won the Somerset Maugham Award), Mr Fox and the short-story collection What is Not Yours is Not Yours. In 2013, Helen was included in Granta's Best of Young British Novelists.

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Endlessly inventive * The Oprah Magazine *
Rich, clever . . . lively and playful . . . both thoughtful and lavish . . . a bold book with a great deal of depth and mischief * Financial Times *
Open this book, I entreat you, and get lost in a new country . . . Oyeyemi's whirling sparkler of a story is loving, strange and entirely exhilarating -- Marina Endicott
Written with such verve and energy that it's hard to resist * Emerald Street *
One of our most singular and inventive contemporary voices. The great joy of Oyeyemi's work is its sense of complete freedom . . . when the quality of the writing - and the scope of the imagination - is this good, it's hard not to be swept away . . . There is much to revel in here: Oyeyemi's inventions are as surprising and as deft as her modern-mythic prose style . . . Oyeyemi's sentences continually sparkle with viciously precise humour . . . Gingerbread is delicious -- Stuart Evers * Spectator *
Her sentences are like grabbing onto the tail of a vibrant, living creature without knowing what you'll find at the other end. It's absolutely exhilarating . . . Fans of Oyeyemi's will expect an electric, genre-defying style, and won't be disappointed. New readers should prepare to be dizzied . . . Gingerbread is jarring, funny, surprising, unsettling, disorienting and rewarding. It requires the reader to be quick-footed and alert. And by the end, it is clear what has grounded the story from the start - the tender and troubling humanity of its characters . . . This is a wildly imagined, head-spinning, deeply intelligent novel -- Eowyn Ivey * New York Times *
Whimsical and mischievous, a modern-mythic romp that's very clever (maybe at times too clever), often frustrating, always fun . . . Oyeyemi is a delightful writer -- Francesca Carington * Daily Telegraph *
The sly elegance and surrealism of Oyeyemi's writing weave a spell around a story that once again concerns adolescent wounds, misplaced love and family lies -- Amanda Craig * Literary Review *
Idiosyncratically brilliant, she spins a tale about three generations of women and the gingerbread that is their curse and their legacy . . . This fantastic and fantastical romp is a wonderful addition to her formidable canon. * Publishers Weekly *
Oyeyemi's great skill is to interleave and interweave the fantastical and the political. In this respect, she is akin to writers such as Tea Obrecht, Jenni Fagan and Naomi Alderman, who manage to make the eerie and the urgent close. Gingerbread is at one and the same time - like the double eyes - a reworking of fable and an incisive look at class, migration, exclusion and loss -- Stuart Kelly * Scotland on Sunday *
Strange, marvellously meandering . . . elegant and original * Sunday Express *
One of the best writers alive today . . . Gingerbread twists and modernises fairy tales . . . magical and also very contemporary -- Stylist Book Club pick of the week
Like Harriet's ever-changeable recipe, Oyeyemi's novel is both "the kind your teeth snap into shards, and the kind your teeth sink into" -- Catherine Taylor * New Statesman *
Oyeyemi's novels are shadowy, elegant and head into entirely unexpected territory . . . Original and uncanny * Mail on Sunday *
You don't walk into an Oyeyemi novel, you plummet and emerge transfigured and bleary-eyed . . . to describe Oyeyemi's fictions as 'retellings' of fairy and folk tales minimizes the inventiveness and heft of her literary contribution . . . Oyeyemi's prose is joyously kinetic and ornate . . . her stories are like fun-house mirrors, forcing us to confront our cultural distortions, to unlearn the tenacious lessons of childhood fairy tale . . . . this elusive, sinister realm is the triumph of Gingerbread * TLS *

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