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Michael Mohammed Ahmad, SMH Best Young Novelist 2015, Voss Prize Shortlisting

We’re thrilled that Michael Mohammed Ahmad has been named one of the Sydney Morning Herald’s Best Young Novelists, 2015, for his book The Tribe. The judges said:

Ahmad tackles this difficult subject matter with breathtaking honesty, gesturing towards a larger social canvas beyond the mind of a child that includes the struggle of migration, economic disadvantage, the difficulties of reconciling elements of the old and the new culture. Ahmad’s language is replete with lyricism, and a sense of wonder suffuses every page. It turns everyday experience into the stuff of poetry.

For full details of the winners, click here. The Tribe has been shortlisted for the Voss Literary Prize. The prize is dedicated to the memory of Vivian Robert de Vaux Voss (1930-1963), an historian and lover of literature. His will stipulated that a literary award be established to reward the best work of fiction from the previous year. For more information and the full shortlist, click here.