Out Now: Historical Fiction and True Crime Meet in Nadifa Mohamed's “The Fortune Men”

Out Now: Historical Fiction and True Crime Meet in Nadifa Mohamed's “The Fortune Men”

The latest novel by Somali British author Nadifa Mohamed, a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, is now available. “The Fortune Men,” a historical fiction thriller, is a Booker Prize finalist based on the true story of Mahmood Mattan. Mattan was a black Somali sailor (like Mohamed’s father) who was falsely accused of murder in Wales in 1952. Themes include questionable policing, racism and the miscarriage of justice.

Says one review, “A novel on fire, a restitution of justice in prose.  . . .  The Fortune Men can be read as a comment on 21st-century Britain and its continued troubled legacy of empire, but also as a beautifully judged fiction in its own right — teeming with life, character and humour, and, particularly, evocative of place.”

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