Her face lights up again as she begins to talk about forthcoming releases: “An Ordinary Wonder,” she says, about a young intersex boy growing up in Nigeria. And The Sex Lives of African Women… And…” She has come to realise that the books she has published and promoted all have one thing in common: “Which is about the value of the self,” she says. “And I think that’s the thing that I’m most interested in: not about falling into line, but about your own sense of self worth, and how that can influence the next steps in your life.”
And while it is vital to understand your own worth, it is also crucial, Lovegrove believes, not to overestimate your own importance. “I think a lot of people centre themselves in the narrative of the world,” she says, with a laugh. “My obsession is politics and history, so what I understand is the ebbs and flows of humanity, and that everything is much greater than me. I don’t put so much emphasis on myself. If I move or change, then the world doesn’t change, it doesn’t stop spinning on its axis. It just keeps going, but maybe I’ll be happier.”
Interview by Laura Barton.
Photographs by Robert Rieger.
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For more information on upcoming releases from Dialogue Books, see their website. Listen to Sharmaine discuss her move back to Berlin and further expand on her route to becoming one of the most influential figures in modern publishing over on our TOAST Podcast Series 4.