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Leila Aboulela

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Leila Aboulela grew up in Khartoum, Sudan where she attended the Khartoum American School and Sister School. She graduated from Khartoum University in 1985 with a degree in Economics and was awarded her Masters degree in statistics from the London School of Economics. She lived for many years in Aberdeen where she wrote most of her works while looking after her family; she currently lives and lectures in Abu Dhabi.

She was awarded the Caine Prize for African Writing in 2000 for her short story The Museum and her novel The Translator was nominated for the Orange Prize in 2002, and was chosen as a Notable Book of the Year by the New York Times in 2006.


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Minaret

3.53 avg rating — 2,079 ratings — published 2005 — 19 editions
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The Translator

3.55 avg rating — 1,443 ratings — published 1999 — 21 editions
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Lyrics Alley

3.70 avg rating — 1,136 ratings — published 2010 — 18 editions
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The Kindness of Enemies

3.79 avg rating — 770 ratings — published 2015 — 10 editions
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Coloured Lights

3.74 avg rating — 133 ratings — published 2005 — 3 editions
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Elsewhere, Home

3.86 avg rating — 141 ratings — published 2018 — 5 editions
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The Museum

3.17 avg rating — 47 ratings — published 2002
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Bird Summons

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The Way Home

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“All through life there were distinctions - toilets for men, toilets for women; clothes for men, clothes for women - then, at the end, the graves are identical.”
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“The Mercy of Allah is an Ocean, Our sins are a lump of clay clenched between the beak of a pigeon. The pigeon is perched on the branch of a tree at the edge of that ocean.It only has to open it's beak”
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