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
The BBC National Short Story Award 2010 (2010) (with David Constantine, Sarah Hall, Jon McGregor and Helen Oyeyemi)
Aminatta Forna recommends
Tales of the Metric System (2016)
"A journey though the familiar to somewhere completely new."
Home Fire (2017)
"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."
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)
"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."
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