Originally from Zimbabwe and a long-term resident of Edinburgh, Tendai Huchu is the author of two previous novels: The Hairdresser of Harare and The Maestro, The Magistrate and the Mathematician. These were published worldwide and translated into multiple languages. He has also (as T L Huchu) written award-winning short fiction, with stories appearing in the Manchester Review, Interzone, AfroSF, Ellery Queen and others.
Tendai’s next book is The Library of the Dead; the first part of an original and gripping fantasy series for a YA and crossover audience. Set in a post-calamity Edinburgh where magic is commoditised and traded, the class system has become still more prevalent, giving a truly dystopian backdrop for this story. The story centres on Ropa Moyo - a smack-talking, butt-kicking heroine for the ages. Ropa makes her living delivering messages to the dead, and when she hears rumours in the everyThere about a living human sucking the souls from children, she feels bound by both contract and honour to investigate… The Library of the Dead will be published by Tor UK and Tor US in Spring 2021.