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Joyce Efia Harmer

Joyce Efia Harmer was born in Lambeth to Ghanaian parents. She has a BA in English Language and Literature at King’s College, London and now teaches English. In 2016 Joyce was selected as one of six writers to take part in the Megaphone writer’s scheme to support diverse voices in Children’s Literature, and in 2017 she was also a finalist in Penguin’s WriteNow scheme. Joyce lives in London with her husband and two sons. Her debut novel will be published in 2023.

How Far We've Come

Sometime, me love to dream that me is a human, a proper one, like them white folks is.

Enslaved on a plantation in Barbados, Obah dreams of freedom. As talk of rebellion bubbles up around her in the Big House, she imagines escape. Meeting a strange boy who’s not quite of this world, she decides to put her trust in him. But Jacob is from the twenty-first century. Desperate to give Obah a better life, he takes her back with him. At first it seems like dreams really do come true – until the cracks begin to show and Obah sees that freedom comes at an unimaginable cost . . .

Both hopeful and devastating, this powerful novel about equality, how far we’ve come, and how far we still have to go introduces an extraordinary new literary voice.

Territory Publisher/Agent
World Darley Anderson Agency
World English Simon & Schuster