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Leila Aboulela was born in 1964, grew up in Khartoum and moved to the UK in her twenties to study at the London School of Economics. In 1992, while living in Aberdeen with two young children and a husband working offshore, Leila found comfort through writing about her home city. She attended creative-writing workshops which helped to broaden her reading and introduced her to Scottish writers. Her last novel 'Minaret', published by Bloomsbury, was short-listed for the Orange Prize. Leila Aboulela now lives in Abu Dhabi and is currently working on her third novel.
'A story of love and faith all the more moving for the restraint with which it is written' -- J.M. Coetzee 'She pulls you into her world as she refracts British life, its smells and sounds, its advertisements and turns of phrase' * Independent * 'An exceptionally well-crafted and beautifully written novel' * The Guardian * 'A lyrical journey about exile, loss and love... poetry in motion' * The Sunday Times *