JJ Bola The Selfless Act of Breathing
The highly-acclaimed writer talks about his latest heart-wrenching novel that tackles important issues such as mental health, police brutality and the power of love. A story of millennial existential angst, it is told through the eyes of a young Londoner who seems to have it all but battles with the unbearable weight of a world that is complicated and unwelcoming. JJ Bola is a writer, poet and UNHCR Ambassador. His poetry was read out in the House of Commons during Refugee week in 2018, and as a former refugee, he was invited to the Davos Economic Forum 2018. His debut novel, No Place to Call Home, was published in 2017, while Mask Off: Masculinity Redefined was published in 2019 and translated into five more languages worldwide. Bola’s ‘vulnerable delicate writing conveys so much truth and heart about how we are now, how closed we are, how much goes unsaid and the quiet pain in our hearts’ – Nikesh Shukla.