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We Are All Birds of Uganda (Hardback)Hafsa Zayyan (author)
Ranging across decades and continents, Zayyan’s debut novel is rooted in the brutal regime of Idi Amin’s Uganda yet opens up to make profound, compelling arguments about immigration and identity that sweep the reader along.
Winner of the Merky Books New Writers' Prize
'You can't stop birds from flying, can you, Sameer? They go where they will...'
1960s Uganda. Hasan is struggling to run his family business following the sudden death of his wife. Just as he begins to see a way forward, a new regime seizes power, and a wave of rising prejudice threatens to sweep away everything he has built.
Present-day London. Sameer, a young high-flying lawyer, senses an emptiness in what he thought was the life of his dreams. Called back to his family home by an unexpected tragedy, Sameer begins to find the missing pieces of himself not in his future plans, but in a past he never knew.
Moving between two continents over a troubled century, We Are All Birds of Uganda is an immensely resonant novel that explores racial tensions, generational divides and what it means to belong.
It is the first work of fiction by Hafsa Zayyan, co-winner of the inaugural #Merky Books New Writers' Prize, and one of the most exciting young novelists of today.
Number of pages: 384
Weight: 498 g
Dimensions: 222 x 144 x 35 mm
'A remarkably accomplished, polished debut.' - Malorie Blackman
'The issues and subjects it takes on are big ... All are explored with great intelligence and sensitivity ... Zayyan's writing finds the lightness and fluency of a much more experienced novelist ... It is an epic novel in terms of historical, geographic, and cultural scope. It has much to recommend it: the tone, the structure, the ambition, and the clarity that enables the story to cover so much ground without ever becoming confused or lost during its 360-pages.' - BBC News
'This moving tale of love and loss ... is well worth the wait.' - Independent
'[A] powerful debut exploring migration, identity and racial prejudice.' - The Mail on Sunday
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“Sensitively written study of faith, family and racism - beautifully written”
This is a fascinating study of 1960s life in Uganda for Hasan and his family and present day life in London for his grandson, Sameer.
Hasan runs a successful business and we learn through the letters that he writes... More
“Worth a read”
Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for a copy in exchange for an honest review. What a wonderful book. This is a book that stays with you long after you turn the final page and that is the mark of something... More
This is the first book I have ever read looking at Ugandan history, politics and culture. All of the historical information was interesting, well delivered within the context of the plot and created a desire for me to... More
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