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The Orchard of Lost Souls by Nadifa Mohamed
  

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It is 1988 and Somalia descends into civil war. I think that sentence is enough to tell you that this book is full of horrors. It follows three women, a widow, a refugee and a soldier; women who suffer with their country. There is a dialect that takes a moment to get used to but you will for this sensitive, powerful book is an important one. I urgently point you in the direction of her first novel too, Black Mamba Boy.

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Synopsis

The Orchard of Lost Souls by Nadifa Mohamed

It is 1988 and Hargeisa waits. Whispers of revolution travel on the dry winds but still the dictatorship remains secure. Soon, and through the eyes of three women, we will see Somalia fall. Nine-year-old Deqo has left the vast refugee camp she was born in, lured to the city by the promise of her first pair of shoes. Kawsar, a solitary widow, is trapped in her little house with its garden clawed from the desert, confined to her bed after a savage beating in the local police station. Filsan, a young female soldier, has moved from Mogadishu to suppress the rebellion growing in the north. And as the country is unravelled by a civil war that will shock the world, the fates of the three women are twisted irrevocably together. Intimate, frank, brimming with beauty and fierce love, The Orchard of Lost Souls is an unforgettable account of ordinary lives lived in extraordinary times.

About the Author

Nadifa Mohamed was born in Hargeisa in 1981 while Somalia was falling deeper into dictatorship. In 1986 she moved to London with her family in what she thought was a temporary move but a couple of years later it became permanent as war broke out in Somalia. She was educated in London and went to Oxford to study History and Politics and she finally returned to Hargeisa, now in the new Republic of Somaliland, in 2008. She lives in London and is currently working on her second novel.

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Publication date

17th July 2014

Author

Nadifa Mohamed

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Publisher

Simon & Schuster Ltd

Format

Paperback
352 pages

Categories

Literary Fiction
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Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

ISBN

9781471115301

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