A darkly comic page-turner, My Sister, the Serial Killer by debut Nigerian author Oyinkan Braithwaite is one of the most talked-about novels of the year. This is a tale of two sisters – one an enabler, and the other in the middle of a killing spree – that subverts roman noir and sisterhood tropes. The New York Times calls it “a bombshell of a book – sharp, explosive, hilarious”. Oyinkan chats with Rebecca Harkins-Cross about her playful, punchy exploration of sexism and sibling rivalry.
Oyinkan Braithwaite (International)
Oyinkan Braithwaite is a graduate of Creative Writing and Law from Kingston University. Following her degree, she worked as an assistant editor at a Nigerian publishing house, and as a production manager at Ajapaworld, a children’s educational and entertainment company. She now works as a writer and editor. In 2014, she was shortlisted as a top-ten spoken-word artist in the Eko Poetry Slam, and in 2016 she was a finalist for the Commonwealth Short Story Prize. She is the author of My Sister, the Serial Killer. She lives in Lagos, Nigeria.
Rebecca Harkins-Cross (Australian)
Rebecca Harkins-Cross is a Melbourne-based writer and critic. Her award-winning work has been published widely across Australia and the world, appearing in publications like Art Das Kunstmagazin, Lithub, CNN Style, The Saturday Paper, The Australian, The Monthly Online, Meanjin and Island. She is currently the film columnist for The Lifted Brow and a PhD candidate in Creative Writing at Monash University; past roles include film editor at The Big Issue and theatre critic at The Age.