News and Updates from Joy C. Agwu, author and speaker

Just Published: I Live by the Gun by Joy C. Agwu

posted 3 Apr 2014, 16:34 by Oscar Duggan   [ updated 3 Apr 2014, 16:42 ]

I Live by the Gun by Joy C. Aguw

available to buy now, in print and e-book editions

I Live by the Gun by Joy C. Agwu is a new work of contemporary fiction, addressing themes of individual autonomy and human rights, in the context of family, tradition, modernisation, social change.

The following is reproduced from the website of The Manuscript Publisher:

From the pen of Joy C. Agwu comes a timely work of fiction, dealing with the problems that arise when traditional societies and patriarchies are confronted with demands for modernisation. I Live by the Gun is Joy’s third published work and first full-length novel. Set in modern-day Nigeria, it tells the story of a family torn apart by conflicting ideas and loyalties, as they pertain to social and family relations.
I Live by the Gun by Joy C. Agwu. Available to buy online, in print and e-book editions.

When Edward, a successful, caring family man is gunned down one day by violent criminals, he leaves behind a widow with two young children. They continue to enjoy the support of Edward’s wider family circle after his death. Turmoil enters their ranks however, when Robert, Edward’s older brother, announces his intention to move into the family home of his late brother, citing local traditions. Robert’s own family, from whom he is estranged, oppose his bid. His father also strongly warns against this course, "Lest tragedy and pestilence befall you." He advises Robert that, “Any tradition that does not add value to our lives has to be thrown away."

In I Live by the Gun, Joy C. Agwu continues her preoccupation with themes of family, faith, community and the ties that bind, which are much in evidence in her previous work. With I Live by the Gun however, she takes these themes a step further however, championing the cause of individual autonomy, which is invariably threatened when society perceives it to be a threat to its own values and traditions.

This thoughtful and considered account can be read as an affirmation of human rights, as they pertain to women and children in particular, weighed down by the expectations of ‘culture and traditions’. Such claims, when invoked in an anachronistic sort way, often serve as a pretext to impose conditions of servitude upon people.

I Live by the Gun by Joy C. Agwu is published by The Manuscript Publisher, in print and e-book editions, which are available to buy online, as well as in all good bookshops. RRP €10.99 plus P&P for the print edition. The e-book editions are currently available at the special introductory price of US$2.99 (subject to local taxes and currency exchange rates).

The Echo of a Troubled Soul by Joy C. Agwu

posted 27 Jan 2014, 06:51 by Oscar Duggan   [ updated 3 Apr 2014, 16:01 ]

The Echo of a Troubled Soul
by Joy C. Agwu

From the website of The Manuscript Publisher:
The Echo of a Troubled Soul by Joy C. Agwu. Published by The Manuscript Publisher, 2013.

The Echo of a Troubled Soul is the début novella by Nigerian-born author, Joy C. Agwu. It is both a fascinating and insightful story that remains uplifting and life-affirming even as it delivers a cautionary tale.

"Always wear knowledge like a wristwatch: bring it out when you need it because, when you stop learning, you will start dying. Life is too short and it is easier to forgive than to take the path of revenge."

Following a spate of tragedies Tom is left alone; weighed down by bereavement and consumed with grief. He goes in search of comfort and companionship and, unfortunately, finds them in alcohol. However this turns out to be the wrong step in the right direction. It is his irrational behaviour during one drunken episode that brings Tom, Larry, Jane and Nora together. Rescuing Tom from his descent into self-destruction proves to be a fateful decision. Little do they realise at the time, but they each hold the key to unanswered questions in their own lives too.

The narrative is delicately woven to the point of appearing effortless, deeply layered with measures of warmth, sadness, humour as well as much learning. It contains a rich vein of storytelling that is reflective of the African oral tradition and characteristic of African literature in general:

"Literature" can also imply an artistic use of words for the sake of art alone. ... traditionally, Africans do not radically separate art from teaching. Rather than write or sing for beauty in itself, African writers, taking their cue from oral literature, use beauty to help communicate important truths and information to society. Indeed, an object is considered beautiful because of the truths it reveals and the communities it helps to build. - George Joseph.

The appearance of a book like The Echo of a Troubled Soul is bound to be well-received within African literary circles. But should also help to awaken Irish and European audiences to the wealth of extraordinary talent that exists there, and just waiting to be discovered.

Born in Nigeria, Joy C. Agwu now resides with her family in the south-west of Ireland. Her writing reflects feelings of compassion and care for the human well-being. This in turn is influenced and informed by her strong faith, her work in the community and her studies in the area of psychology. She writes intelligently and perceptibly on subjects to do with family, community, parenting, individual suffering. Her second book, a short story/critical essay entitled, Is Suicide the Answer? will be appearing shortly while her first full length novel, I Live by the Gun is also scheduled for publication in 2013.

The Echo of a Troubled Soul by Joy C. Agwu is published by The Manuscript Publisher (ISBN 978-0-9571157-6-7). It is available to buy in all good bookshops as well as online. RRP €8.99 plus P&P.

Official Website of Joy C. Agwu - coming soon

posted 11 Dec 2013, 21:18 by Mackenzie Smith   [ updated 3 Apr 2014, 16:00 by Oscar Duggan ]

Joy C. Agwu - Official Website

The official website of Joy C. Agwu, author and speaker will be appearing here soon. On this site you will be able to browse and buy books by Joy C. Agwu, exchange views and comments, keep up to date with all of her writing and publishing activities.

Watch this space.

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