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Bird Summons

(2019)
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'BIRD SUMMONS is a magic carpet ride into the forest of history and the lives of women. Deep and wild' Lucy Ellmann, author of SWEET DESSERTS and MIMI

Salma, happily married, tries every day to fit into life in Britain. When her first love contacts her, she is tempted to risk it all and return to Egypt.

Moni gave up a career in banking to care for her disabled son, but now her husband wants to move to Saudi Arabia - where she fears her son's condition will worsen.

Iman feels burdened by her beauty. In her twenties and already in her third marriage, she is treated like a pet and longs for freedom.

On a road trip to the Scottish Highlands, the women are visited by the Hoopoe, a sacred bird whose fables from Muslim and Celtic literature compel them to question the balance between faith and femininity, love, loyalty and sacrifice.

Brilliantly imagined, intense and haunting, Bird Summons confirms Leila Aboulela's reputation as one of our finest contemporary writers.

Genre: Literary Fiction

Praise for this book

"A wonderful book. I loved the beauty of its language and the subtle interweaving of myth with the spiritual and physical journeys of the women. I found it fascinating, powerful and profound." - Anne Donovan

"BIRD SUMMONS is a Scottish-Arabic Canterbury Tales, a quest full of stories and surprises: a challenging storyteller's tour de force, uniting two radically different cultures with a handshake and a kiss." - Patricia Duncker

"BIRD SUMMONS is a magic carpet ride into the forest of history and the lives of women. Deep and wild." - Lucy Ellmann

"An intensely felt novel about an extraordinary journey that peels open one unexpected world after another." - Romesh Gunesekera

"BIRD SUMMONS is the story of three Arab women on a quest in the Scottish Highlands and how their experience challenges and reveals them layer by layer. It is engaging and funny and rich in narrative suspense." - Abdulrazak Gurnah

"BIRD SUMMONS is a heady blend of social realism, magic, Middle Eastern folktale and Celtic myth. Above all it is the story of three women on a journey not only to the Highlands but also into themselves, as they confront their hopes, fears and deepest secrets. Leila Aboulela's is a unique and refreshing voice in contemporary Scottish fiction." - James Robertson


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March 2019 : UK Hardback
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Title: Bird Summons
Author(s): Leila Aboulela
ISBN: 1-4746-0012-3 / 978-1-4746-0012-5 (UK edition)
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February 2020 : USA Paperback
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Title: Bird Summons: A Novel
Author(s): Leila Aboulela
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Title: Bird Summons
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ISBN: 1-4746-0093-X / 978-1-4746-0093-4 (UK edition)
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March 2019 : UK Paperback
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Title: Bird Summons
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ISBN: 1-4746-0013-1 / 978-1-4746-0013-2 (UK edition)
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May 2020 : Audio CD
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Title: Bird Summons
Author(s): Leila Aboulela
ISBN: 1-09-409417-X / 978-1-09-409417-5
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Title: Bird Summons: Library Edition
Author(s): Leila Aboulela
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Title: Bird Summons
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Title: Bird Summons
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Title: Bird Summons
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Title: Bird Summons
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Title: Bird Summons: A Novel
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Title: Bird Summons
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