We Are All Birds of Uganda: Hafsa Zayyan Paperback
Winner of the Merky Books New Writers' Prize
1960s Uganda. Hasan is struggling to run his family business following the sudden death of his wife. Just as he begins to see a way forward, a new regime seizes power, and a wave of rising prejudice threatens to sweep everything away.
The issues and subjects it takes on are big ... All are explored with great intelligence and sensitivity ... Zayyan's writing finds the lightness and fluency of a much more experienced novelist ... It is an epic novel in terms of historical, geographic, and cultural scope. It has much to recommend it: the tone, the structure, the ambition, and the clarity that enables the story to cover so much ground without ever becoming confused or lost during its 360-pages. BBC News
What's distinctive is the modern, multi-ethnic vision of masculinity she presents and the solidarity that emerges from it ... the romance that evolves between Sameer and Maryam reads like a miracle, something good that might yet be salvaged from trauma. But Zayyan won't allow such easy relief: the anxieties that have simmered throughout the novel finally surface at its end, taking a sinister shape in the shadowy last lines. It's a daringly indeterminate way to end, and undeniably powerful too. Shahidha Bari, Guardian
Hafsa Zayyan is a writer and dispute resolution lawyer based in London. She won the inaugural #Merky Books New Writers' Prize in 2019. We Are All Birds of Uganda is her debut novel, inspired by the mixed background from which she hails.
- ISBN: 9781529118667
- Length: 384 pages
- Dimensions: 198mm x 23mm x 129mm