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The Orchard of Lost Souls by Nadifa Mohamed

The Orchard of Lost Souls by Nadifa Mohamed
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Author:  Nadifa Mohamed

ISBN:  9781471115288

Weight:  990g

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The Orchard of Lost Souls – 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.

With the unadorned language of a wise, clear-eyed observer, Nadifa Mohamed has spun an unforgettable tale.  The Orchard of Lost Souls recounts not just a state’s descent into war, but war’s most heartbreaking human toll: the death of dreams.

Taiye Selasi, author of Ghana Must Go

Bibliographic Data
Title:The Orchard of Lost Souls
Author:
Book Features
Edition / printing:First edition, first printing
Book features:Red boards with silver-coloured text on spine, white endpapers.
Overall condition:Fine / Very fine – some light pushing to spine ends, small crease to bottom corner of back board.
Signed:Yes – on the title page
Book Stats
Publisher:Simon & Schuster
Publication date:
Printed by:CPI Group (UK) Ltd, Croydon
ISBN 13:9781471115288
ISBN 10:1471115283
Format:Hardcover with dust jacket
Pages:336
H x W x D:241 x 160 x 35mm
Design Credits
Author photo:John Foley /  Opale
Jacket design:Lewis Csizmazia / S&S Art Dept
Jacket illustration:Lynn Hatzius

Collectors Notes

  • In 2013, Nadifa Mohamed was one of twenty authors on Granta’s Best of Young British Novelists list.
    Her first novel, Black Mamba Boy, won the 2010 Betty Trask Award, and was shortlisted for numerous other awards, including the 2010 Guardian First Book Award, the 2010 Dylan Thomas Prize, and the 2010 John Llewellyn Rhys Prize.  The book was also long-listed for the 2010 Orange Prize for Fiction.

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