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Reviews

  • Grippingly-paced and full of complex, richly-drawn characters, the novel combines pointed social observation with a deeply empathetic sensibility. The Fortune Men demonstrates what historical fiction can achieve at its best

    Maya Jasanoff, Chair of the Booker Prize 2021
  • In her determined, nuanced and compassionate exposure of injustice, Mohamed gives the terrible story of Mattan's life and death meaning and dignity

    Guardian
  • The Fortune Men is a novel on fire, a restitution of justice in prose

    FT
  • A searing and moving look at institutional racism and the helplessness you can feel in the face of prejudice

    Independent
  • A writer of great humanity and intelligence. Nadifa Mohamed deeply understands how lives are shaped both by the grand sweep of history and the intimate encounters of human beings

    Kamila Shamsie, author of Home Fire
  • Chilling and utterly compelling, The Fortune Men shines an essential light on a much-neglected period of our national life

    Sathnam Sanghera, author of Empireland
  • The Fortune Men describes how innocence is forced to justify itself before gross injustice. A novel of tremendous power, compassion and subtlety, it feels unsettlingly timely

    Pankaj Mishra
  • The Fortune Men confirms Mohamed as a literary star of her generation. When Mohamed's prose - simple and full of soul - illuminated him, Mahmood emerges as a beacon of humour, hope and endurance

    Observer
  • Based on real events, Mohamed's novel is panoramic in its scope and rich in period atmosphere, vividly tracing the desperate livers of the victim and the accused

    Mail on Sunday
  • The Fortune Men is that rare novel that breaks your heart and, in so doing, gives you life. Nadifa Mohamed is a revelation - she writes with the fierce compassionate lightning of a truth-teller, lays bare the ghastly colonial condition that afflicts so many of us, where truth cannot overcome injustice. If a novel can be an avenger then The Fortune Men is the one we've all been waiting for

    Junot Diaz

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