The Orchards of Lost Souls

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It is 1988 and in Somalia, whispers of revolution travel on the dry winds. Soon, and through the eyes of three women, we will see the country 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 civil war, their lives will change forever...

Product Details

Author: Nadifa Mohamed

Paperback: 352 pages

Publisher: Simon & Schuster Ltd, UK ed.

ISBN-13: 978-1471115301


“With the adorned 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

"Nadifa Mohamed’s writing is compact and often beautiful. She is a writer of great talent and, at her best, lightness. She writes particularly well about women and their relationships to each other – violent and critical as well as supportive – about place; she writes beautifully of people in solitude, her writing is economical, controlled and vivid, her characters’ aches real and felt. This is a novel that deserves to be read." – Anjali Joseph, Literary Review

“Mohamed is a writer who may go down in history as the most candid young of modern African womanhood.” The Times