Nadifa Mohamed on The God of Small Things
‘There are so many elements to The God of Small Things that etch themselves into the reader’s memory.’
With her third novel - The Fortune Men - Nadifa Mohamed becomes the first British Somali novelist to be shortlisted for the Booker Prize.
The Fortune Men follows two previous widely acclaimed novels, Black Mamba Boy and The Orchard of Lost Souls. Mohamed has received both The Betty Trask Award and the Somerset Maugham Award, as well as numerous other prize nominations, for her fiction. She says she first became aware of Mahmood Mattan - the Somali man whose fictionalised story features in her book and who knew her father - in 2004, and kept checking back over the next 11 years as more information became available.
I knew I wanted to make the line between fact and fiction imperceptible