New Authors     New Books     Coming Soon     Most Popular     Top Authors    
     New Books     Coming Soon     
 
Awards
Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction Best Book (nominee)
Lyrics Alley is the evocative story of an affluent Sudanese family shaken by the shifting powers in their country and the near-tragedy that threatens the legacy they've built for decades. In 1950's Sudan, the powerful Abuzeid dynasty has amassed a fortune through their trading firm. With Mahmoud Bey at its helm, they can do no wrong. But when Mahmoud's son, Nur, the brilliant, handsome heir to the business empire, suffers a debilitating accident, the family stands divided in the face of an uncertain future. As British rule nears its end, the country is torn between modernizing influences and the call of traditions past - a conflict reflected in the growing tensions between Mahmoud's two wives: the younger, Nabilah, longs to return to Egypt and escape "backward-looking" Sudan; while Waheeba lives traditionally behind veils and closed doors. It's not until Nur asserts himself outside the cultural limits of his parents that his own spirit and the frayed bonds of his family begin to mend. Moving from Sudanese alleys to cosmopolitan Cairo and a decimated postcolonial Britain, this sweeping tale of desire, loss, despair, and reconciliation is one of the most accomplished portraits ever written about Sudanese society at the time of independence.

    Get it on Google Play

Similar Books by other authors...


Used availability for Leila Aboulela's Lyrics Alley

Hardback Editions

February 2011 : USA Hardback
thumb

Title: Lyrics Alley: A Novel
Author(s): Leila Aboulela
ISBN: 0-8021-1951-4 / 978-0-8021-1951-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Grove Press
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


December 2010 : UK Hardback
thumb

Title: Lyrics Alley
Author(s): Leila Aboulela
ISBN: 0-297-86314-2 / 978-0-297-86314-4 (UK edition)
Publisher: W&N
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


Paperback Editions

March 2012 : USA Paperback
thumb

Title: Lyrics Alley: A Novel
Author(s): Leila Aboulela
ISBN: 0-8021-4575-2 / 978-0-8021-4575-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Grove Press
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   


February 2012 : Canada Paperback
thumb

Title: Lyrics Alley: A Novel
Author(s): Leila Aboulela
ISBN: 1-4434-0500-0 / 978-1-4434-0500-3 (Canada edition)
Publisher: Harper Perennial
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA   


February 2012 : UK Paperback
thumb

Title: Lyrics Alley
Author(s): Leila Aboulela
ISBN: 0-7538-2811-1 / 978-0-7538-2811-3 (UK edition)
Publisher: W&N
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


June 2011 : UK Paperback
thumb

Title: Lyrics Alley
Author(s): Leila Aboulela
ISBN: 1-78022-036-7 / 978-1-78022-036-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: Phoenix
Availability: Amazon UK   


February 2011 : Canada Paperback
thumb

Title: Lyrics Alley
Author(s): Leila Aboulela
ISBN: 1-4434-0499-3 / 978-1-4434-0499-0 (Canada edition)
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Ltd
Availability: Amazon CA   


December 2010 : UK Paperback
thumb

Title: Lyrics Alley
Author(s): Leila Aboulela
ISBN: 0-297-86009-7 / 978-0-297-86009-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: W&N
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


Audio Editions

October 2013 : USA Audio edition
thumb

Title: Lyrics Alley: A Novel
Author(s): Leila Aboulela
Publisher: Audible Studios
Availability: Amazon   


October 2013 : Canada Audio edition
thumb

Title: Lyrics Alley: A Novel
Author(s): Leila Aboulela
Publisher: Audible Studios
Availability: Amazon CA   


Kindle Editions

March 2011 : Canada Kindle edition
thumb

Title: Lyrics Alley
Author(s): Leila Aboulela
Publisher: Harper Perennial
Availability: Amazon CA   


March 2011 : USA Kindle edition
thumb

Title: Lyrics Alley: A Novel
Author(s): Leila Aboulela
Publisher: Grove Press
Availability: Amazon   


December 2010 : UK Kindle edition
thumb

Title: Lyrics Alley
Author(s): Leila Aboulela
Publisher: Weidenfeld & Nicolson
Availability: Amazon UK