Leila Aboulela was born in Cairo and grew up in Khartoum. She is the author of four novels: THE TRANSLATOR, MINARET and LYRICS ALLEY, all of which were longlisted for the Orange Prize, and THE KINDNESS OF ENEMIES. LYRICS ALLEY won Novel of the Year at the Scottish Book Awards and was shortlisted for the Commonwealth Writers' Prize, while Aboulela's collection of short fiction, COLOURED LIGHTS, won the Caine Prize. She lives in Aberdeen.
A tale of powerful feelings and potent words . . . this novel movingly and meticulously traces the hidden pathways of the mind and heart - TELEGRAPH on LYRCIS ALLEYA superb family epic . . . vivid, beautifully original - THE HERALD on LYRICS ALLEYAboulela has the gift of making her readers care about her characters . . . [She] has created a story for all the senses, one to be savoured - FINANCIAL TIMES on LYRICS ALLEY