Nadifa Mohamed





Nadifa Mohamed


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Hargesia, Somalia
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Nadifa Mohamed was born in Hargeisa (now in the Republic of Somaliland) in 1981 and moved as a child to England in 1986, staying permanently when war broke out in Somalia.

She lives in London and her first novel, Black Mamba Boy, based on her father's memories of his travels in the 1930s, was published in 2010. It was longlisted for the Orange Prize for Fiction and the Dylan Thomas Prize and shortlisted for the John Llewellyn-Rhys Memorial Prize and the Guardian First Book Award. It won the 2010 Betty Trask Prize.

Average rating: 3.72 · 1,580 ratings · 280 reviews · 9 distinct works · Similar authors
Black Mamba Boy

3.70 avg rating — 784 ratings — published 2010 — 24 editions
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The Orchard of Lost Souls

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Summer in the City

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“... the weapons were pens, books, chalks and blackboards, the heroes simple teachers”
Nadifa Mohamed, The Orchard of Lost Souls

“Mogadishu the beautiful - your white-turbaned mosques, baskets of anchovies as bright as mercury, jazz and shuffling feet, bird-boned servant girls with slow smiles, the blind white of your homes against the sapphire blue of the ocean - you are missed, her dreams seem to say.”
Nadifa Mohamed, The Orchard of Lost Souls

“In her orchard the trees had been born from deaths; they marked and grew from the remains of the children that had passed through her.”
Nadifa Mohamed, The Orchard of Lost Souls

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