The Anglo-Ethiopian Society

Book Club - Sweetness in the Belly

Camila Gibb

Tuesday 16th February 2016

7:30pm, National Theatre, Upper Ground, South Bank, London SE1 9PX - all welcome


The Society's book club will discuss Camila Gibb's novel Sweetness in the Belly.

In Thatcher's London, Lilly, a white Muslim nurse, struggles in a state of invisible exile. As Ethiopian refugees gradually fill the flats of the housing estate where she lives, Lilly tentatively begins to share with them her longing for the home she herself once had in Africa and her heartbreaking search for her missing lover.

Back in Haile Selassie's Ethiopia, the young Lilly, born in the 1950s to British parents, orphaned and full of religious conviction, finds herself living in the city of Harar. She is drawn to the idealistic young doctor, Aziz, himself an outsider in the community. But then convulsions of a new revolutionary order separate them, sending Lilly to an England she has never seen, while Aziz disappears.

Sweetness in the Belly is available in paperback (ISBN 9780099499190) and in Kindle formats.

We will meet in The Long Bar on the ground floor of the National Theatre.

If you would like to attend, or want further information, please email the Book Club.




Sweetness in the Belly by Camila Gibb was originally published by William Heinemann Ltd, 2005.
Hardcover: ISBN:9780434014538
Paperback: ISBN 9780099499190, Vintage, 2007.
Price: £7.99

First Published in News File Winter 2015

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