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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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