Hafsa Zayyan

We Are All Birds of Uganda
  • We Are All Birds of Uganda

  • Two lives, generations apart, set to collide with life-changing consequences...

    Uganda, the late 1960s. Hasan, the son of an Indian immigrant, runs a successful business in Kampala together with his extended family. But Hasan is heartbroken as he struggles to cope with the untimely death of his wife. With anti-immigrant sentiment on the rise, growing racial divides threaten to uproot everything he and his family have worked so hard to build.

    London, present day. Sameer is a Cambridge graduate and high-flying lawyer, on track for a life-changing promotion. But, despite his success, Sameer feels lost. The life he’s longed for is only making him miserable. After a tragedy calls him back to the family home in Leicester, Sameer finds himself caught between a future he’s always believed he wanted, and a past he struggles to fit back into.

    Moving between two continents over a troubled century, We Are All Birds of Uganda is a multi-layered, moving and immensely resonant novel of generational love, loss and what it means to find home. It is the first work of fiction by Hafsa Zayyan, co-winner of the inaugural #Merky Books New Writers’ Prize, and the most exciting young novelist of today.

RELEASED 23/07/2020

Hafsa Zayyan is a writer from London. She studied Law at the University of Cambridge and graduated with a first class degree in 2012. She went on to pursue a masters at the University of Oxford, completing the B.C.L. in 2013. She was co-winner of the inaugural #Merky Books New Writers’ Prize.