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Leila Aboulela

Leila Aboulela was born in 1964 in Cairo and grew up in Khartoum. She came to England to study at the LSE and now lives between Doha and Aberdeen.


Lyrics Alley by Leila Aboulela is shortlisted for the Scottish Book Awards

‘Vividly evoking the alleyways of Sudan, Egypt and Britain, this novel movingly and meticulously traces the hidden pathways of the mind and heart with all its anger, shame, hate and love.’
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Lyrics Alley, Leila Aboulela’s powerful and deeply moving novel about a family in 1950s Sudan, has been shortlisted for the Scottish Book Awards 2011. To vote for your favourite author click here.

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Two 2011 Orange Prize longlist nominations!

What a thrill to have two such fantastic novels on the Orange longlist. You always wonder how the books you’ve commissioned will be received. Will people love them as much as you do? Will they hate them?! In the end, you have to trust your taste and hope the books find an audience. Both of the novels chosen by the Orange Prize have such heart. They are real human stories and share a common theme in that they are set against the backdrop of political unrest. Lyrics Alley is my favourite of all Leila Aboulela’s…

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