Michael Mohammed Ahmad
Paperback $27.99 - Hachette Australia
Fiction - Published: 27/Feb/2018 - ISBN: 9780733639012
A confronting new novel from award winning Sydney Morning Herald Best Young Novelist Michael Mohammed Ahmad. 'Bani Adam thinks he's better than us!' they say over and over until finally I shout back, 'Shut the fuck up, shut the fuck up, I have something to say!'They all go quiet and wait for me to explain myself, redeem myself, pull my shirt out, rejoin the pack. I hold their anticipation for three seconds, and then, while they're all ablaze, I say out loud, 'I do think I'm better.'Bani Adam is a student at Punchbowl Boys High School, which seems like the arse end of the earth, and the students don't seem to care. The Lebs control the school, and Bani feels at odds - a romantic in a sea of hyper-masculinity.Bani must come to terms with his place in a world of hostility and hopelessness - while dreaming of having so much more. wonderfully vivid and compelling . . . utterly authentic - Books+Publishing MICHAEL MOHAMMED AHMAD is an Arab-Australian writer, editor, teacher and community arts worker. He is the founder and director of Sweatshop, a literacy movement in Western Sydney devoted to empowering culturally and linguistically diverse artists through creative writing. Mohammed's essays and short stories have appeared in the Sydney Review of Books, The Guardian, Heat, Seizure, The Lifted Brow, The Australian and Coming of Age: Australian Muslim Stories. His debut novel, The Tribe, received a 2015 Sydney Morning Herald Best Young Australian Novelists of the Year Award. Mohammed received his Doctorate of Creative Arts at Western Sydney University in 2017. A confronting new novel from award winning Sydney Morning Herald Best Young Novelist Michael Mohammed Ahmad.
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