My Life in the Bush of Books: Leila Aboulela – Caine Prize winner and author of Minaret, Bird Summons, Lyrics Alley, Elsewhere, Home etc.
1. Favourite book ever: The Wedding of Zein by Tayeb Salih. It tells the story of how a village idiot, against the odds, ends up marrying the most beautiful girl in the village. 2. Why?: Because it is rooted in Sudanese tradition and Islamic mysticism. I like to read it whenever I am homesick for Sudan.
3. Last book read?: An Orchestra of Minorities by Chigozie Obioma. It’s a passionate love story and a fascinating introduction to Igbo cosmology.
4. Packing for a journey and allowed to take one book. What will it be?: Dostoevsky’s The Brothers Karamazov or Doris Lessing’s The Golden Notebook 5. Why?: Because I need something long enough to last the whole journey and accessible enough to be read when fatigued.