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Hidden Colours

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Each evening, nestled in Berlin's Treptower Park, the immigrant circus comes to life.
“A provocative, heartfelt journey from the first page to the striking conclusion." ~ Alyssa Elmore, from Readers' Favorite Book Reviews
When Yusuf fled Syria, he lost everything. Now the circus, with its middle-eastern flair, is the only home he knows. When the lights go on, the refug
Published December 3rd 2018 by Evolved Publishing LLC
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Dec 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I will remember Hidden Colours for a very long time. The first thing I noticed is how well Nellu Nasser has written this page turning novel. The atmosphere is electric. Gathered in the blue and bronze fabric tent, are performers ready to please their audience, including me! Yusuf fled Syria to work in Berlins circus. The sadness part is when racist remarks are aimed at talented Yusuf. I hadn't heard of the author Nillu Nasser before, so I have now become a great fan of her work. Count me in for ...more
Lucinda Tomlinson
Jan 05, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When Yusuf fled Syria, he lost everything. Now the circus, with its middle-eastern flair, is the only home he knows. When the lights go on, the refugees dazzle their audience, but off-stage tensions flare.

Ellie is passionate about the circus and drawn to its broken people. Even so, if she wants to keep her job at the newspaper, she must head up a campaign against it.

One night, in the midst of a show, two young circus boys come to blows. With the circus at risk of closure, Ellie must convince her
Cass Winters
Dec 14, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book highlights an important issue that is being discussed throughout much of the world currently, which is about immigration. The right to come into another country as someone not born there. The story focuses on Yusuf, an acrobat, from a circus that has been made of refugees by the local government and Ellie Richter, a reporter. Their stories intertwine and tell a story of a world changing, sometimes not for the better. If I am completely honest with my own feelings, I would have rated th ...more
Nov 09, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A passionate story about the current refugee crisis, Hidden Colours constructs memorable characters who strive hard to find solutions to an almost impossible problem.

The author's experience in politics really shines through as we get a nuanced insight into the mind of a rather disagreeable Interior Minister. The inner turmoil of Yusuf and the other circus people is heartbreaking, while Ellie's determination to fight what appears to be a lost cause is a fierce adjuration for the common folk to de
Jenni Sinclaire
Dec 03, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hidden Colours is a well written and highly relevant book. It tells a moving story of a group of refugees struggling to find their place in a new country. The novel explores issues of immigration, community, prejudice and identity through sympathetic characters. The setting in Berlin is vividly described which makes for an immersive reading experience. Overall an engaging and thoughtful book.

I received a copy of this book from the author. I have not received any compensation for this review.

Dec 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book introduces you to a variety of complex characters and topical situations; it is a work of fiction, yet it hits close to home.

With "Hidden Colours", Nillu Nasser has created a remarkable, well-elaborated story with interesting characters. It was easy to get into the story; the author guides you through the Berlin setting while subtly taking you closer to the characters and their lives. Yusuf and Ellie are very complex, likeable; the other characters are of sufficient depth - according t
Bianca Bowers
Dec 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In her second novel, Nillu Nasser is clearly at ease in her role as novelist in the literary fiction genre, and Hidden Colours is my favourite of her work so far. The story revolves around an immigrant circus which attracts negative media attention after an unfortunate accident takes place on the circus site.

This one line—“We are all displaced people”—sums up why this story and its characters particularly resonated with me. As an immigrant myself, and with the subject of immigration and refugee
Caitlin Farley
Nov 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Hope lives in a circus in Berlin's Treptower Park, a midnight blue and bronze big top that's become home and livelihood to refugees from Syria and Yemen. Yusuf Alam stuns the audience every night with his daring acrobatics but he, like every other member of the circus, feels the pressure of xenophobia and racism as the recurring acts of vandalism at the circus escalate. The circus's patron, Interior Minister, Rex Silberling, interprets the winds of change and decides that the so-called immigrant ...more
Rating: 4.5 STARS

Over a week into the year & I’ve finally finished my first book of 2019... & I loved it! This is one of those books that I feel was written for someone just like me & I’m so glad that one of my Instagram pals posted about it.

Hidden Colours is a book written with a lot of care & consideration, & one that teaches the reader compassion, whilst educating them about the horrors of refugee life. However, it’s also full of that wonderful magic that comes with any circus book & it was
Amy Shannon
Dec 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wonderful Story

Hidden Colours is a wonderful story that is very heart felt. I've read a previous work of Nasser and I wasn't disappointed in this one either. It's a great story that keeps the reader engaged with brilliant characters. Nasser brings culture and wondrous colors into an exciting page-turner. I highly recommend this story to anyone who loves a journey of life, love and humanity. Yusuf is a remarkable character and brings the characters to life. I look forward to reading more by this
Carmen Kemp
Dec 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was excellent. The writing was beautiful and the the story was complex and touching. The characters were very well developed, and without adding any spoilers, I liked the ending. I'm most impressed with how the author brought the characters and the setting to life. The subject matter is more controversial than ever, and very relevant in today's world.
Richard Robbins
Nov 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Hidden Colours is a fascinating and enjoyable look into modern Germany. Timely, urgent, and fascinating. It is always enjoyable and interesting to see the world from another point of view, and Nasser immerses you in such a world. A worthy follow up to her excellent first novel, All The Tomorrows. I'm looking forward to future works from this talented author.
Apr 09, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm so torn on this book. I enjoyed the setting and the topic. I even highlighted a few passages - a rarity fot me. Yet sometimes I found the very descriptive writing distracting. And though I liked the story, I didn't like - or didn't feel - the characters all that much.
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Nillu Nasser is a writer of literary fiction novels. In March 2017 she signed a three book deal with Evolved Publishing. She also blogs, writes short fiction and poetry.

Nillu’s short story ‘Painted Truths and Prayer Beads’ was published in May 2016 in Mosaics 2: A Collection of Independent Women. Another short story ‘The Tombstone Man and the Coming of the Tigress’ was published in June 2016 in Un

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