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Sumayya Lee

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Sumayya Lee was born in Durban, South Africa during apartheid. At fifteen, under the tutelage of an inspirational English teacher, Lee found her calling, yet had no idea how long it would be before her dream of being a writer would be realised.

Lee married at twenty and studied to be a Montessori Directress during this time. Two children later, she was divorced and seeking new direction. She did a Cambridge Certificate in Teaching English as a Foreign Language and went on to work with adults.

She is now re-married and lives in London with her husband, two children and their cats. She is the author of The Story of Maha and Maha, Ever After and is currently working on her third novel.



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Sumayya Lee Read, read and read some more. Write every day. Even if it's only a sentence, just keep up that habit. Being a good listener also helps as you never k…moreRead, read and read some more. Write every day. Even if it's only a sentence, just keep up that habit. Being a good listener also helps as you never know when inspiration will strike. (less)
Sumayya Lee I am currently working on the third Maha novel and have dabbled in a few other genres...
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“Believing that the soldiers of the apartheid government really did use rubber bullets and carried batons only for decoration is seriously misguided, though understandable considering that newspapers were strictly censored, while history books abounded with Blatant Boer Bias.”
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“African storms are always awesome. No shy burps of thunder and surreptitious flashes of lightning for Mama Africa.”
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“With childish lucidity, I saw Gorinani as an Old Goat. Her preferred manner of communication was the scream, which she directed at all and sundry. Her daughters-in-law got a large chunk, her grandchildren a fair amount and, though the lion’s share was reserved for servants, I and any other ill-fated cousin that crossed her path at the wrong moment found ourselves on the receiving end too. The only people not at risk were her own precious, pale-skinned daughters, the Fat Cows – the mere fact that they had been born with fair flesh meant that they could do no wrong. For”
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“Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.”
Oscar Wilde

“Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don't matter, and those who matter don't mind.”
Bernard M. Baruch

“You know you're in love when you can't fall asleep because reality is finally better than your dreams.”
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