Head of Zeus snaps up two more novels from Lola Akinmade Åkerström


Following the success of her debut novel, In Every Mirror She’s Black, Head of Zeus has snapped up
two more novels from Lolá Ákínmádé Åkerström.

Madeleine O’Shea, Acting Publishing Director at Head of Zeus, acquired UK and Commonwealth
(xCanada) rights to the two new books from Jessica Craig at Craig Literary. The first, Everything Is Not
Enough, will be published under the Head of Zeus’s Apollo Fiction imprint in hardback & ebook 26th
October 2023. The second novel will follow on in spring 2025.

Everything Is Not Enough interlinks the stories of four immigrant women as they try to navigate life
in Stockholm. Kemi is struggling to settle as the only Black woman at her marketing firm, Brittany-Rae
is finding the privilege and access her marriage has given her far from perfect, Yasmiin is working
hard to balance family life with her personal ambitions, and Muna – well, Muna’s fate lies in the

Ákínmádé Åkerström said: ‘Right from the start, I felt completely at home with Head of Zeus as an
author, and I couldn’t be more ecstatic and grateful to be continuing our collaborative journey
together with these next two novels.’

O’Shea said: ‘In Every Mirror She’s Black ended on such a cliff-hanger, I was delighted when I found
out Lola was up for revisiting these characters and extending their stories. But this book isn’t just a
sequel, it’s an expansion – with new characters, dilemmas and dramas exposing more about love,
friendship, ambition and the experience of being ‘othered’ in a monolithically white environment. Lola
is a joy to work with and we’re really excited to make Head of Zeus the ongoing home for her writing.’

Craig said: ‘It’s been a joyful and life-changing experience seeing the nuanced characters and bold
storytelling of Lolá Ákínmádé Åkerström excite readers around the world. We’re thrilled to keep
growing with the fantastic Head of Zeus team and we can’t wait for the passionate reactions and
important conversations that Lolá’s next novels will spark.’


Lolá Ákínmádé Åkerström is an international bestselling author, keynote speaker, and award-winning
photographer. Her work has appeared in National Geographic, BBC, CNN, Guardian, Sunday Times
Travel, Daily Telegraph, New York Times and Lonely Planet, amongst others. She has been recognized
with multiple awards for her work, including named a 2022 Hasselblad Heroine and 2018 Travel
Photographer of the Year Bill Muster Award. She was honoured with a MIPAD 100 (Most Influential
People of African Descent) recognition within media and culture in 2018, and her work is in the
National Geographic Image Collection.

For further information please contact Kate Appleton: kate@headofzeus.com