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Aminatta Forna

UK flag (b.1964)

Aminatta Forna was born in Glasgow, raised in Sierra Leone and the United Kingdom and now divides her time between London and Sierra Leone. Formerly an award winning journalist for BBC Television (1989-99), she is now a full-time writer.

Genres: Literary Fiction
Non fiction
Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction Best Book nominee (2011) : The Memory of Love
Women's Prize For Fiction Best Novel nominee (2011) : The Memory of Love
International IMPAC Dublin Literary Awards Best Novel nominee (2012) : The Memory of Love

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"A journey though the familiar to somewhere completely new."
Home Fire (2017)
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"Shamsie's simple, lucid prose plays in perfect harmony with the heartbeat of modern times. Home Fire deftly reveals all the ways in which the political is as personal as the personal is political. No novel could be as timely."
The White City (2017)
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"Roma Tearne is an exquisite writer and captivating storyteller."
Unbury Our Dead With Song (2021)
Mũkoma wa Ngũgĩ
"Part mystery, part road novel, part philosophical enquiry, [this] is a dazzling journey to discover the meaning of music and its immense power over the human soul."
Breaking the Maafa Chain (2021)
Anni Domingo
"The story of Sarah Forbes Bonetta, extraordinary even in extraordinary times, known to some in Sierra Leone , though virtually unknown elsewhere. Now Anni Domingo has brought her vividly to life in this richly imagined and compellingly told tale. Breaking the Maafa Chain is a gift to readers everywhere."
Black Butterflies (2022)
Priscilla Morris
"Dark and yet starkly beautiful."

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