Nikki May and Paula Hawkins for WAHALA

Loyalty is so excited to welcome Nikki May and Paula Hawkins for a virtual celebration of Wahala! This event will be held digitally via Crowdcast. Click here to register for the event with a donation of any amount of your choice or you can order the book below to be added to the event's registration list. To register for the event for free, you can email the Loyalty events team at Donations will go to BLM DC. There will also be an option to snag the book during the event.

*Please note this is a lunchtime event! If you can't attend live, you can always register for the event and watch the replay anytime afterwards.* 


"Utterly winning…brings to mind Sex and the City but feels more modern, more real. When I closed Nikki May's delicious, hilarious novel, I felt I was returning to joy. I knew it was time to call my friends...time to get into some good wahala of my own." -- Amanda Eyre Ward, New York Times bestselling author of The Jetsetters and The Lifeguards

An incisive and exhilarating debut novel following three Anglo-Nigerian best friends and the lethally glamorous fourth woman who infiltrates their group—the most unforgettable girls since Carrie, Miranda, Charlotte, and Samantha.

Ronke wants happily ever after and 2.2. kids. She’s dating Kayode and wants him to be “the one” (perfect, like her dead father). Her friends think he’s just another in a long line of dodgy Nigerian boyfriends.

Boo has everything Ronke wants—a kind husband, gorgeous child. But she’s frustrated, unfulfilled, plagued by guilt, and desperate to remember who she used to be.

Simi is the golden one with the perfect lifestyle. No one knows she’s crippled by impostor syndrome and tempted to pack it all in each time her boss mentions her “urban vibe.” Her husband thinks they’re trying for a baby. She’s not.

When the high-flying, charismatic Isobel explodes into the group, it seems at first she’s bringing out the best in each woman. (She gets Simi an interview in Shanghai! Goes jogging with Boo!) But the more Isobel intervenes, the more chaos she sows, and Ronke, Simi, and Boo’s close friendship begins to crack.

A sharp, modern take on friendship, ambition, culture, and betrayal, Wahala (trouble) is an unforgettable novel from a brilliant new voice.


Born in Bristol and raised in Lagos, Nikki May is Anglo-Nigerian. At twenty, she dropped out of medical school, moved to London, and began a career in advertising, going on to run a successful agency. Her debut novel Wahala, out on January 11th, 2022, was inspired by a long lunch with friends. It will be published around the world and is due to be turned into a major TV series. Nikki lives in Dorset with her husband and two standard schnauzers.


Paula Hawkins is the author of the #1 New York Times bestselling novels Into The Water, The Girl on The Train, and A Slow Fire Burning. An international #1 bestseller, The Girl on the Train has sold almost 20 million copies worldwide and has been adapted into a major motion picture. Hawkins was born in Zimbabwe and now lives in London.

Please note Loyalty has a zero tolerance policy for harassment or intimidation of any kind during this virtual event. 

Event date: 
Friday, January 7, 2022 - 12:00pm
Event address: 
Wahala: A Novel By Nikki May Cover Image
ISBN: 9780063084247
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Custom House - January 11th, 2022

A Slow Fire Burning: A Novel By Paula Hawkins Cover Image
ISBN: 9780735211230
Availability: Not In Store - Available to Special Order
Published: Riverhead Books - August 31st, 2021

Into the Water: A Novel By Paula Hawkins Cover Image
ISBN: 9780735211223
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Riverhead Books - May 1st, 2018

The Girl on the Train: A Novel By Paula Hawkins Cover Image
ISBN: 9781594634024
Availability: Not In Store - Available to Special Order
Published: Riverhead Books - July 12th, 2016