JJ Bola

JJ Bola

JJ Bolais a Writer, Poet, Mental Health Social Worker and UNCHR Ambassador from Kinshasa, DR Congo. His debut novel, No Place to Call Home, was published in the UK & North America in 2017 – and later translated into French in 2022. His second novel, The Selfless Act of Breathing, was published in 2021, in the UK & North America, and has been translated into Brazilian-Portuguese, as well as German as “Weiter Atmen” (Keep Breathing), and French, with other translations pending. The Selfless Act of Breathing has been optioned for film adaptation. His other works include the non-fiction book, Mask Off: Masculinity Redefined, which was translated into German as Sei Kein Mann in 2020, as well as five other languages. JJ Bola lives in London and loves carrot cake.


Refuge. The Complete Poetry of JJ Bola (2018)

No Place to Call Home (2018)

Mask Off. Masculinity Redefined (UK, 2019) | Sei kein Mann (Germany, 2020)

The Selfless Act of Breathing (UK, 2021) | Weiter atmen (Germany, 2022)