Noo Saro-Wiwa is an author of Looking for Transwonderland: Travels in Nigeria (Granta, 2012). The book is an irreverent but moving travelogue that chronicles Saro-Wiwa’s trip around the country of her birth, a journey she made following the murder of her father, the human rights activist Ken Saro-Wiwa.
Looking for Transwonderland was selected as BBC Radio 4’s Book of the Week in 2012, and named The Sunday Times Travel Book of the Year, 2012. Shortlisted for the Author’s Club Dolman Travel Book of the Year Award in 2013, it was also nominated by The Financial Times as one of the best travel books of 2012. The Guardian newspaper included it among its 10 Best Contemporary Books on Africa in 2012.
Looking for Transwonderland has been translated into French and Italian, and in 2016 it won the Albatros Travel Literature Prize in Italy.
Noo was awarded a Miles Morland Scholarship for non-fiction writing in 2015. She also wrote for the anthology An Unreliable Guide to London(Influx Press, 2016), and contributed to A Place of Refuge (Unbound, 2016), an anthology of writing on asylum seekers.
She has written book reviews, travel, opinion and analysis articles for The Guardian newspaper, The Independent, The Financial Times, The Times Literary Supplement and Prospect magazine, among others. Earlier this year she launched her new blog, The Slow Release.
Born in Port Harcourt, Nigeria, and raised in England, Noo attended King’s College London and Columbia University in New York. She lives in the UK.