In advance of the Sharon Otoo event at the Old Market (24 February), we have imported copies of Sharon’s two novellas – the things i am thinking while smiling politely and synchronicity – from Germany to sell at the event and also online.

They are £10.50 each plus £3 postage in the UK. To order your copy, please email

Various payment methods include:

  • Cheque, made payable to Writing Our Legacy and sent to c/o Black History, Community Base, 113 Queens Road, Brighton BN13XG
  • Online bank transfer (Writing Our Legacy, account 32716410 sort code 40-14-03)
  • Paypal payment made to

Please drop us an email to let us know that you have made a payment and to supply us with your postal address.

the things i am thinking while smiling politely 

thethingsiamthinkingwhilesmilingpolitely“the things i am thinking while smiling politely” is the story of the decline and break-up of a marriage as well as the consequences for close family and friends. Ama loses her sista, Kareem learns to mistrust a good friend, the siblings Ash and Beth have to fight for their mother’s affection, Till and his wife drift away from each other… Sensitively, honestly and with a special sense of humour, the woman with all these roles describes how she rediscovers herself – and not only in the positive sense.

Following years of activist work in the Black German community, Sharon Dodua Otoo continues to pursue empowerment as a theme, this time in the field of literature. Sharon weaves her observations on everyday racism and privilege into the story of a Black British woman whose marriage breaks down.

Paperback, 104 Pages,
ISBN 978-3-942885-22-5


“An intense and penetrating account of the emotional fallout, secrets and
lies that shadow the death of a relationship.”

Neil Ansell, author of “Deep Country” (Hamish Hamilton)

“Reading this brings flashes of recognition: how it is to be loved and
overlooked, to be thought exotic and scorned, to be adored and ignored- all
at the same time. Sharon Otoo strings us along, spellbound, with fragments
of language that fill us with the thought: this is how the heart breaks.”

Fawzia Kane, poet and author of “Tantie Diablesse” (Waterloo Press)

…Otoo’s writing is efficient and brutal with a journal-like quality. This writing style effortlessly explores complex issues like white supremacy in intimate relationships, cultural colonialism, immigration, the mine-field of divorce and universal human failure. None of these issues are at the center of the story, yet are weaved through everything that happens. Her narrative gives us a sneak peek into the unsaid and often felt universe of a black woman in Berlin…

Denise Van der Cruze, The Mic Movement


synchronicityOne day, Cee realises that she is in the process of losing her colours – which is definitely bad enough. But actually – it‘s just the beginning …

Cee slowly realises that she is losing her colours day by day. Of course, this worries her at first – although she already knows that her foremothers also went through it and survived. Still. Now she has to once again learn how to deal with loss – and just like last time, it‘s happening just before Christmas…

Format: 14.0 x 20.5 cm
Binding: Softcover
Pages: 96
Publisher: edition assemblage
Website: edition assemblage
Author’s website: Sharon Dodua Otoo

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