‘You can’t stop birds from flying, can you, Sameer? They go where they will…’
1960s UGANDA. Hasan struggles to keep his family business afloat following the sudden death of his wife. As he begins to put his shattered life back together piece by piece, a new regime seizes power, and a wave of rising prejudice threatens to sweep away everything he has built.
Present-day LONDON. Sameer, a young high-flying lawyer, senses an emptiness in what he thought was the life of his dreams. Called back to his family home by an unexpected tragedy, Sameer begins to find the missing pieces of himself not in his future plans, but in a heritage he never knew.
Moving between two continents over a troubled century, We Are All Birds of Uganda is an immensely resonant novel that explores racial tensions, generational divides and what it means to belong.
It is the first work of fiction by Hafsa Zayyan, co-winner of the inaugural #Merky Books New Writers’ Prize, and one of the most exciting young novelists of today.
‘A remarkably accomplished, polished debut.’ MALORIE BLACKMAN
‘Rightfully tipped for greatness’ SUNDAY TIMES
‘This moving tale of love and loss … is well worth the wait’ INDEPENDENT
‘[W]hat’s distinctive is the modern, multi-ethnic vision of masculinity she presents and the solidarity that emerges from it … undeniably powerful too.’ GUARDIAN
‘[A] sprawling and epic dual narrative …woven together with gentle urgency; sensitive and with a rare perspective on how our mixed race backgrounds can help form feelings of both internal power and conflict.’ I-D MAGAZINE