This month, we are excited to feature Aminatta Forna’s award-winning book, The Memory of Love, for our monthly book giveaway competition. A 2011 Commonwealth Writers’ Prize Winner and shortlisted for the 2011 Orange Prize for Fiction, The Memory of Love, has been hailed as a book of rare beauty and importance.
Sierra-Leonean author Aminatta Forna was today announced as winner of the 2011 Commonwealth Writer’s Prize. Her book, The Memory of Love took the Best Book prize, while the prize for Best First Book went to Craig Cliff from New Zealand for his book, A Man Melting.
Forna, who was born in Glasgow, Scotland and raised in Sierra Leone, West Africa has had a magnificent year and is on the shortlist for a number of other literary prizes. Her first book, The Devil that Danced on the Water, was shortlisted for the Samuel Johnson Prize 2003.
Sierra Leonean author Aminatta Forna, who last month won the 2011 Commonwealth Writers’ Best Book Prize for the Africa region, has been shortlisted for yet another award. Forna is one of six authors shortlisted for the 2011 Orange Prize for fiction, an award that was set up in 1996 to celebrate and promote fiction by women throughout the world.
Aminatta Forna’s latest book, published in January 2011 by Bloomsbury, is a moving portrayal of love and hope and the undying human spirit.
Set in Sierra Leone, a country that has just emerged from a decade of civil war, The Memory of Love revolves mainly around a few characters whose lives intertwine through the course of generations, and through whose eyes and voices the story unfolds.
Sierra Leonean author Aminatta Forna and South Africa’s Cynthia Jele were today announced as the winners of the 2011 Commonwealth Writers’ Prize for the Africa region. Forna’s book, The Memory of Love won the “Best Book” prize, while Jele’s “Happiness is a Four Letter Word” bagged the “Best First Book” prize.