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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
  • [An] expert illumination of real-life racial injustice in the cultural melting pot of 1950s Cardiff

    Justine Jordan, Guardian, Best Fiction of 2021
  • Nadifa Mohamed's The Fortune Men is an elegant portrayal of life in the racial, cultural hub of Cardiff's Tiger Bay in the early Fifties. Eschewing a simple morality play for complex vivid characters, it centres on the plight of Mahmood Mattan, who finds himself in the shadow of the hangman's noose for a murder he didn't commit

    Gary Younge, New Statesman, Books of the Year
  • Smart and devastating, there's a reason it's one of our books of the year

    Stylist, Unmissable Fiction Buys From 2021
  • A potent, pointed novel . . . Mohamed is a big talent, and she's only getting started

    New York Times, Best Books of 2021
  • The Fortune Men is a novel on fire, a restitution of justice in prose

    FT
  • 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
  • In her determined, nuanced and compassionate exposure of injustice, Mohamed gives the terrible story of Mattan's life and death meaning and dignity

    Guardian
  • 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

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