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Black Mamba Boy

(2010)
A novel by

 
Awards
Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction Best Book (nominee)

"Ambitious... A phenominal fast-forward story... The novel takes on a Job-like tenor."
Lorraine Adams


Yemen, 1935. Jama is a 'market boy,' a half-feral child scavenging with his friends in the dusty streets of a great seaport. For Jama, life is a thrilling carnival, at least when he can fill his belly. When his mother - alternately raging and loving - dies young, she leaves him only an amulet stuffed with one hundred rupees. Jama decides to spend her life's meager savings on a search for his never-seen father; the rumors that travel along clan lines report that he is a driver for the British somewhere in the north. So begins Jama's extraordinary journey of more than a thousand miles north all the way to Egypt, by camel, by truck, by train, but mostly on foot. He slings himself from one perilous city to another, fiercely enjoying life on the road and relying on his vast clan network to shelter him and point the way to his father, who always seems just a day or two out of reach.

In his travels, Jama will witness scenes of great humanity and brutality; he will be caught up in the indifferent, grinding machine of war; he will crisscross the Red Sea in search of working papers and a ship. Bursting with life and a rough joyfulness, Black Mamba Boy is debut novelist Nadifa Mohamed's vibrant, moving celebration of her family's own history.

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Used availability for Nadifa Mohamed's Black Mamba Boy


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Hardback Editions

January 2011 : UK Hardback
thumbTitle: Black Mamba Boy
Author(s): Nadifa Mohamed
ISBN: 1-4448-0523-1 / 978-1-4448-0523-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: Ulverscroft
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August 2010 : USA Hardback
thumbTitle: Black Mamba Boy: A Novel
Author(s): Nadifa Mohamed
ISBN: 0-374-11419-6 / 978-0-374-11419-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
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Paperback Editions

August 2011 : USA Paperback
thumbTitle: Black Mamba Boy: A Novel
Author(s): Nadifa Mohamed
ISBN: 0-312-56923-8 / 978-0-312-56923-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Picador
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May 2010 : UK Paperback
thumbTitle: Black Mamba Boy
Author(s): Nadifa Mohamed
ISBN: 0-00-731577-5 / 978-0-00-731577-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: Harpercollins Pb
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January 2010 : UK Paperback
thumbTitle: Black Mamba Boy
Author(s): Nadifa Mohamed
ISBN: 0-00-731574-0 / 978-0-00-731574-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: HarperCollins
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Audio Editions

August 2010 : USA Audio Cassette
thumbTitle: Black Mamba Boy: A Novel (Library Edition)
Author(s): Nadifa Mohamed
ISBN: 1-4417-5487-3 / 978-1-4417-5487-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks
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August 2010 : USA Audio CD
thumbTitle: Black Mamba Boy: A Novel
Author(s): Nadifa Mohamed
ISBN: 1-4417-5490-3 / 978-1-4417-5490-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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August 2010 : USA Audio CD
thumbTitle: Black Mamba Boy: A Novel (Library Edition)
Author(s): Nadifa Mohamed
ISBN: 1-4417-5488-1 / 978-1-4417-5488-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks
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August 2010 : USA MP3 CD
thumbTitle: Black Mamba Boy: A Novel
Author(s): Nadifa Mohamed
ISBN: 1-4417-5491-1 / 978-1-4417-5491-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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Kindle Editions

August 2010 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
thumbTitle: Black Mamba Boy: A Novel
Author(s): Nadifa Mohamed
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA   

January 2010 : UK Kindle edition
thumbTitle: Black Mamba Boy
Author(s): Nadifa Mohamed
Publisher: HarperCollins
Availability: Amazon UK   


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