This Month’s Competition is Closed. Enter our May 2015 book giveaway competition to win a copy of Black Mamba Boy (by Nadifa Mohamed).
Published in 2010 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux, Black Mamba Boy was longlisted for the Orange Prize. The author, Nadifa Mohamed was born in Hargeisa, Somalia.
About the Novel…
Jama is a “market boy,” a half-feral child scavenging with his friends in the dusty streets of a great seaport. For Jama, life is a thrilling carnival, at least when he can fill his belly. When his mother—alternately raging and loving—dies young, she leaves him only an amulet stuffed with one hundred rupees. Jama decides to spend her life’s meager savings on a search for his never-seen father; the rumors that travel along clan lines report that he is a driver for the British somewhere in the north. So begins Jama’s extraordinary journey of more than a thousand miles north all the way to Egypt, by camel, by truck, by train, but mostly on foot. He slings himself from one perilous city to another, fiercely enjoying life on the road and relying on his vast clan network to shelter him and point the way to his father, who always seems just a day or two out of reach.
In his travels, Jama will witness scenes of great humanity and brutality; he will be caught up in the indifferent, grinding machine of war; he will crisscross the Red Sea in search of working papers and a ship. Bursting with life and a rough joyfulness, Black Mamba Boy is debut novelist Nadifa Mohamed’s vibrant, moving celebration of her family’s own history.
Praise for Black Mamba Boy (by Nadifa Mohamed)
“[An] incredible story… An accomplished first novel… In its best, most moving moments, Mohamed portrays, from a child’s eye view, both the loneliness and camaraderie of street children like Jama, whose friendships become almost as sustaining as food and water in this scorched and famished land” — Arifa Akbar, The Independent
How to Enter the Competition
Enter our May 2015 giveaway competition for a chance to win your copy of Black Mamba Boy . Simply follow the instructions below. If you are not a registered Africa Book Club subscriber, you will need to join first. Then, simply go ahead and answer the question below to enter.
- Which author wrote the book, Tropical Fish: Stories out of Entebbe?
- What prize did the book/author win in 2006?
Please email your answers to: firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject: May 2015 Book Giveaway
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Remember the Rules:
- This competition is open to all registered subscribers/members of the Africa Book Club anywhere in the world. Non-members can subscribe here to enter the competition.
- This giveaway competition expires Sunday, May 31, 2015 at midnight (EST).
- The winner will be drawn on (or shortly after) June 1, 2015 from all correct entries received before the closing date.
- The winner will be asked to provide a valid shipping address or an email address in case he or she prefers to receive the ebook edition.
- Africa Book Club will make a good-faith effort to ship books to anywhere in the world at standard international postal rates. Delivery times vary and may take up to five weeks for certain international destinations.
- Only one entry will be accepted per person registered as a subscriber/member of the Africa Book Club.
- The winner will be notified by email using the address through which he or she entered the competition.
- Only the winning entrant will be contacted by Africa Book Club. Our decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.
- The winner’s name may be published on the Book Club site after the closing of the competition.
How We Select Our Winners
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