‘Chilling and utterly compelling, The Fortune Men shines an essential light on a much-neglected period of our national life’. Sathnan Sangera
Making her debut at ILFDublin, Somali-British author Nadifa Mohamed presents her new novel The Fortune Men, which tells the story of Mahmood Mattan, an immigrant in Cardiff in 1952, who is wrongly accused of murder. The novel is based on real events and extensive research, with Nadifa Mohamed’s own father being an acquaintance of Mahmood’s before her birth. The Fortune Men is a quietly devastating work about trust, prejudice and freedom which resonates in the present day
Nadifa Mohamed was born in Somaliland and grew up in the UK. Her debut novel Black Mamba Boy won the Betty Trask Prize, and her second, The Orchard of Lost Souls, won a Somerset Maugham Award.
Nadifa will be in conversation with writer Margaret Kelleher, Professor of Anglo-Irish Literature at UCD. They will discusses the retelling of history and takes questions from the audience.
IMAGE: Sean and Seng