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  • #61
    And there is another positive review of Nadifa's novel by Ashish Ghadiali in the Guardian:
    Nadifa Mohamed’s third book, The Fortune Men, a fictionalised retelling of the story of Mahmood Mattan, one of the last men to be executed in Wales and for a crime he didn’t commit, confirms her as a literary star of her generation.
    https://www.theguardian.com/books/20...tice-revisited

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    • #62
      Nadifa's novel is published today, and she is interviewed about it in the first segment (lasting about 10 minutes) of today's edition of BBC Radio 4's "Front Row" programme:
      https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/m000wcyw

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      • #63
        Originally posted by Chris Phillips View Post
        And there is another positive review of Nadifa's novel by Ashish Ghadiali in the Guardian:
        Nadifa Mohamed’s third book, The Fortune Men, a fictionalised retelling of the story of Mahmood Mattan, one of the last men to be executed in Wales and for a crime he didn’t commit, confirms her as a literary star of her generation.
        https://www.theguardian.com/books/20...tice-revisited
        The Guardian has published a second review of the book, this time by Michael Donkor. Like the first (which appeared under "Book of the Day"), it is very positive:
        In her determined, nuanced and compassionate exposure of injustice, Mohamed gives the terrible story of Mattan’s life and death meaning and dignity.
        https://www.theguardian.com/books/20...ustice-exposed

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        • #64
          There is a free online interview with Nadifa, organised by Lambeth Libraries tomorrow evening, if anyone is interested to hear her discuss the book:
          https://www.eventbrite.com/e/nadifa-...s-150703687787

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          • #65
            Is there any particular reason given why the name Lily Volpert was changed to Violet Volacki in this book?

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            • #66
              I imagine it has something to do with respecting the privacy of a victim, even if she is long dead, since it is a fictional account.

              I can see where an author might be reluctant to use the victim's real name.

              P.S. I thought I'd mention that there is no problem whatsoever in ordering Chris's book here in the U.S. I was surprised at how soon it showed up--two or three days, tops. It mails from here in the U.S.--North Carolina.

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              • #67
                Originally posted by R. J. Palmer View Post
                I imagine it has something to do with respecting the privacy of a victim, even if she is long dead, since it is a fictional account.

                I can see where an author might be reluctant to use the victim's real name.

                P.S. I thought I'd mention that there is no problem whatsoever in ordering Chris's book here in the U.S. I was surprised at how soon it showed up--two or three days, tops. It mails from here in the U.S.--North Carolina.
                Yes - I hadn't realised but, in the short BBC interview I linked to above, Nadifa says that Lily's niece (who has been very helpful to both of us) asked her to change the names of Lily and her family. A few other names were also changed, including those of the chief investigating officer and Mattan's landlord.

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                • #68
                  I'm very pleased to say that Nadifa's novel on the case has been "longlisted" for a Booker Prize! (The longlist is of 13 novels, and the shortlist of 6 will be announced in September.)
                  https://www.nytimes.com/2021/07/26/b...guro-cusk.html

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                  • #69
                    If I understand it right, the Booker Prize used to only be for fiction. But then it changed its guidelines and now any British novel could be eligible for the prize.

                    Good luck to Nadifa.

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                    • #70
                      Until recently I hadn't realised that self-published authors could offer previews and sell eBooks through Google Books. As it turns out, the process is fairly painless (though I am still trying to sort out complications arising from a pre-existing automatically generated Google Books page for the printed version). So the PDF version, with a 20% preview, is now available here:
                      https://books.google.co.uk/books?id=U4o5EAAAQBAJ

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                      • #71
                        Got any spare copies of your book sitting around, Chris?

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                        • #72
                          Originally posted by Scott Nelson View Post
                          Got any spare copies of your book sitting around, Chris?
                          I don't have any spare printed copies, I'm afraid, but if you'd like a PDF copy I'll be happy to send you one, "for auld lang syne". If you'd like one, could you please let me know what email address you'd like it sent to, by PM?

                          To be honest, I'd be happy to make the PDF available free to all comers, but I can't do it because the fee charged by the National Archives for image reproduction rights was limited to a specified number of copies. Not a number of copies that is likely to be attained in the foreseeable future at the present rate, admittedly, but obviously it means I need to keep count, and I couldn't do that if it were freely available.

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                          • #73
                            Originally posted by Chris Phillips View Post

                            I don't have any spare printed copies, I'm afraid, but if you'd like a PDF copy I'll be happy to send you one, "for auld lang syne". If you'd like one, could you please let me know what email address you'd like it sent to, by PM?

                            To be honest, I'd be happy to make the PDF available free to all comers, but I can't do it because the fee charged by the National Archives for image reproduction rights was limited to a specified number of copies. Not a number of copies that is likely to be attained in the foreseeable future at the present rate, admittedly, but obviously it means I need to keep count, and I couldn't do that if it were freely available.
                            Come to think of it - not to show any favouritism towards Scott - any member of this site is welcome to a copy of the PDF version of the book if they'd be interested to have one. As I mentioned, the only reason I can't make it freely downloadable is the conditions the National Archives attached to the use of images. Please just let me know by PM if you'd like one.

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                            • #74
                              Originally posted by Chris Phillips View Post
                              I've just started to listen to this BBC podcast made last year about another Cardiff miscarriage of justice - the convictions following the murder of Lynette White in 1988. The first episode is a prelude to the murder, covering the previous history of Tiger Bay:
                              https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p071cll5
                              The BBC is showing a three-part documentary on the Lynette White case, entitled "A Killing in Tiger Bay":
                              https://www.radiotimes.com/tv-progra...episode=n6bcxx

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                              • #75
                                Originally posted by Chris Phillips View Post
                                I'm very pleased to say that Nadifa's novel on the case has been "longlisted" for a Booker Prize! (The longlist is of 13 novels, and the shortlist of 6 will be announced in September.)
                                https://www.nytimes.com/2021/07/26/b...guro-cusk.html
                                And has now made it to the shortlist of six:
                                https://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/...shortlist.html

                                [Edit: Interestingly, she is the only British author on the shortlist.]

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