A novel as potent and powerful as the Miles Franklin shortlisted The Lebs, driven by a tender and defining love.
Any mistakes which brought me to this moment, I would not hesitate to make again.
Bani Adam has known all his life what was expected of him. To marry a good girl. To live in a nice home. To have a respectable job. To start a family.
In a series of letters to his son Kahlil, Bani recounts each of his adult relationships that lead up to Kahlil's birth. The heartache and the joy. The loves and the losses. The choices made for him, and those that he chooses for himself.
The unforgettable new novel from the award-winning author of The Lebs.
an open-eyed and highly charismatic novel broiling with fight, tenderness and ambition - The Big Issue on THE LEBS
a major force in Australian literature - The Monthly on THE LEBS
The author never lets his superb command of idiom or his eye for the absurd overwhelm a deeply felt exploration of the hurt and damage that can come from encounters with the Australian Other. No one who reads The Lebs deserves to come away unscathed - The Saturday Paper on THE LEBS
MICHAEL MOHAMMED AHMAD is an Arab-Australian writer, editor, teacher and community arts worker. He is the founder and director of Sweatshop, a literacy movement in Western Sydney devoted to empowering culturally and linguistically diverse artists through creative writing. Mohammed's essays and short stories have appeared in the Sydney Review of Books, The Guardian, Heat, Seizure, The Lifted Brow, The Australian and Coming of Age: Australian Muslim Stories. Mohammed received his Doctorate of Creative Arts at Western Sydney University in 2017.
His debut novel, The Tribe, received a 2015 Sydney Morning Herald Best Young Australian Novelists of the Year Award. His second novel, The Lebs, won the NSW Premier's Literary Award for Multicultural NSW and was shortlisted for the Miles Franklin Literary Award 2019.