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Leila Aboulela (b. in 1964), is a Sudanese author and playwright
Leila Aboulela has published two books in England that have been highly praised. Her work has been long-listed for the IMPAC Dublin Literary Award and the Orange Prize, and she was the first winner of the Caine Prize for African Writing. Her American debut, Minaret, is a provocative, timely, and engaging novel about a young Muslim woman—once privileged and secular in her native land and now impoverished in London — gradually embracing her orthodox faith.
Leila Aboulela was born in 1964 and grew up in Khartoum, learning English at an American primary school and later at The Sisters' School, a private Catholic school. She took a degree in Economics at the University of Khartoum and then travelled to Britain to study for an M.Sc. in Statistics at the London School of Economics. In 1990 she moved to Scotland with her husband and their three children. She started writing in 1992 while lecturing in Statistics and working as a part-time Research Assistant. Her first stories were broadcast on BBC Radio and an anthology Coloured Lights was published by Polygon in 2001. The Translator was first published to critical acclaim in 1999. It was long-listed for the Orange Prize 2000 and also long—listed for the IMPAC Dublin Literary Awards 2001. Leila Aboulela won the Caine Prize for African Writing in 2000 for 'The Museum',
Her second novel, Minaret, was published in 2005 by Bloomsbury, and this too was long-listed for the Orange Prize for Fiction and the IMPAC prize. Her work has been translated into nine languages.
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