Cover Photo: photo Bridget McKenzie
photo Bridget McKenzie


“She had removed her jeans and was playing with the hem of her T-shirt.”

Late one summer night on the Edgware Road in London, the streets aglow with electric bulbs and neon, I walked towards one of my regular haunts: a shisha café crammed with gilt palm trees and red sofas.

The Accused

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Nadifa Mohamed was born in Hargeisa in 1981. Her first novel, Black Mamba Boy, won the Betty Trask Prize, was longlisted for the Orange Prize, and was shortlisted for the Guardian First Book Award, the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize, the Dylan Thomas Prize, and the PEN Open Book Award. In 2013 she was selected as one of Granta’s Best of Young British Novelists. Her second novel, The Orchard of Lost Souls, was published in 2013 and won a Somerset Maugham Prize and was long-listed for The Dylan Thomas Prize and shortlisted for the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award.