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Nadifa Mohamed

Somalia (b.1981)

Nadifa Mohamed was born in Hargeisa (now in the Republic of Somaliland) in 1981 and moved as a child to England in 1986, staying permanently when war broke out in Somalia.

She lives in London and her first novel, Black Mamba Boy, based on her father's memories of his travels in the 1930s, was published in 2010. It was longlisted for the Orange Prize for Fiction and the Dylan Thomas Prize and shortlisted for the John Llewellyn-Rhys Memorial Prize and the Guardian First Book Award. It won the 2010 Betty Trask Prize.

Awards: HWA (2022), SoA (2010)  see all

Genres: Literary Fiction
   Black Mamba Boy (2010)
   Milk and Peace (2011)
   The Orchard of Lost Souls (2013)
   The Fortune Men (2021)
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Novellas and Short Stories
   Party Girl (2016)
Books containing stories by Nadifa Mohamed
Reader, I Married Him (2016)
Stories Inspired by Jane Eyre
edited by
Tracy Chevalier
Africa39 (2014)
New Writing from Africa south of the Sahara
edited by
Ellah Wakatama Allfrey

2022 HWA Gold Crown Award : The Fortune Men
2010 Betty Trask Prize : Black Mamba Boy

Award nominations
2021 Costa Book Award for Best Novel (nominee) : The Fortune Men
2021 Booker Prize (shortlist) : The Fortune Men
2013 Granta Best of Young British Novelists (nominee)
2010 Dylan Thomas Prize (shortlist) : Black Mamba Boy

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