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The Fortune Men: Shortlisted for the Booker Prize 2021

by Nadifa Mohamed

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Published 27th May 2021, 384 pages
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SHORTLISTED FOR THE BOOKER PRIZE 2021

Chilling and utterly compelling , The Fortune Men shines an essential light on a much-neglected period of our national life’ Sathnam Sanghera, author of Empireland

Mahmood Mattan is a fixture in Cardiff’s Tiger Bay, 1952, which bustles with Somali and West Indian sailors, Maltese businessmen and Jewish families. He is a father, chancer, some-time petty thief. He is many things, in fact, but he is not a murderer.

So when a shopkeeper is brutally killed and all eyes fall on him, Mahmood isn’t too worried. It is true that he has been getting into trouble more often since his Welsh wife Laura left him. But Mahmood is secure in his innocence in a country where, he thinks, justice is served.

It is only in the run-up to the trial, as the prospect of freedom dwindles, that it will dawn on Mahmood that he is in a terrifying fight for his life - against conspiracy, prejudice and the inhumanity of the state. And, under the shadow of the hangman’s noose, he begins to realise that the truth may not be enough to save him.

‘A writer of great humanity and intelligence. Nadifa Mohamed deeply understands how lives are shaped both by the grand sweep of history and the intimate encounters of human beings’ Kamila Shamsie, author of Home Fire

‘A novel of tremendous power, compassion and subtlety, it feels unsettlingly timely’ Pankaj Mishra

Details

The Fortune Men: Shortlisted for the Booker Prize 2021
by Nadifa Mohamed

ISBN
9780241466940

Publisher
Penguin Books Ltd

Binding
Hardback

Publication date
May 27, 2021

Dimensions
22.2cm x 14.4cm x 3.5cm

Page count
384 pages