Leila Aboulela was born in Cairo and grew up in Khartoum. She is the author of four novels: THE TRANSLATOR, MINARET and LYRICS ALLEY, all of which were longlisted for the Orange Prize, and THE KINDNESS OF ENEMIES. LYRICS ALLEY won Novel of the Year at the Scottish Book Awards and was shortlisted for the Commonwealth Writers' Prize, while Aboulela's collection of short fiction, COLOURED LIGHTS, won the Caine Prize. She lives in Aberdeen.
Tender, but unsentimental . . . rooted in everyday experience without forsaking the spiritual . . . told in effortlessly enjoyable style - DAILY MAILAboulela is doing much the same thing as Jane Austen did when she brought her heroines to the point of examining their feelings honestly ... a very good novel - SCOTSMANBIRD SUMMONS is a magic carpet ride into the forest of history and the lives of women. Deep and wild BIRD SUMMONS is a Scottish-Arabic Canterbury Tales, a quest full of stories and surprises: a challenging storyteller's tour de force, uniting two radically different cultures with a handshake and a kissAboulela's is a unique and refreshing voice in contemporary Scottish fiction