Leningrad Tales: The Raven’s Children 

Leningrad, 1938.  When Shura and Tanya’s parents and little brother suddenly disappear in the middle of the night, it’s rumoured that they have been taken by the mysterious Black Raven – and that their parents were spies. Tanya and Shura are determined to find their family – and so Shura decides to hand himself in to the Raven. He is taken to the Grey House, … Continue reading Leningrad Tales: The Raven’s Children 

Banthology: Stories from Unwanted Nations

This urgent and timely collection brings together seven specially commissioned stories from the so-called ‘banned nations’: Iran, Iraq, Libya, Syria, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen. Written in response to Trump’s 2017 travel ban, it showcases new works by previously unplatformed writers, exploring the emotional and personal impact of all restrictions on movement – both existing restrictions and potential future bans. Covering a range of approaches – … Continue reading Banthology: Stories from Unwanted Nations

A Crime in Ramallah, Abbad Yahya

The Words without Borders July 2017 issue “Divided Countries” includes an excerpt I’ve translated of A Crime in Ramallah by Palestinian author Abbad Yahya. In this excerpt, Noor  – one of three narrators in the novel – remembers his adolescence in Palestine, marked by the second intifada. You can also listen to the extract on SoundCloud and read the original text in Arabic on the Words without Borders website. The … Continue reading A Crime in Ramallah, Abbad Yahya

Apple Cake and Baklava

Apple Cake and Baklava, by Kathrin Rohmann, is a novel for late primary kids and early secondary, dealing with asylum, how it feels to be a refugee, parallels between WWII and Syria, grandmas, recipes, a lost walnut that means the world and a budding friendship between Max and Leila. I love this book and can’t wait to see it in UK schools and libraries from … Continue reading Apple Cake and Baklava

Sacrifice – a German crime thriller

He must hunt her down. Kill her. Destroy her . . . In her very first case, criminal psychologist Lena Peters is confronted with a killer on a murderous vendetta. And though she is unaware, Lena will play a prominent role in his deadly mission. For now she is the hunter, but soon she will become the hunted. THE CHILLING FIRST NOVEL IN THE LENA PETERS … Continue reading Sacrifice – a German crime thriller

Bottled up by Basma Abdel Aziz

‘I could wander aimlessly from one colleague’s office to another, stopping here and there for a chat, maybe a cup of coffee or a bite to eat. I’d sit back with a carefree yawn, my notebooks and files piled up in front fo me, gnawing on a pencil that splinters between my teeth. I wouldn’t bother with any correspondence or with responding to any queries, … Continue reading Bottled up by Basma Abdel Aziz

Code Name: Butterfly

I was lucky enough to be the copy editor of this short YA novel by Palestinian author Ahlam Bsharat, beautifully rendered into English by award-winning translator Nancy N. Roberts, and published in May 2016 by new UK-based independent publishing house Neem Tree Press. Working with Nancy, Ahlam and Archna, the publisher, I realised it was a book I cared so much about that I’ve started … Continue reading Code Name: Butterfly