Aboulela won the Saltire Fiction Prize for her last book, Elsewhere, Home, which was praised as "the first collection I’ve read since James Joyce’s Dubliners that reminded me of the life-changing power of furiously honest realism" (Porochista Khakpour, New York Times Book Review)
Aboulela has been called “one of the best known Sudanese writers working today” (Guardian) for her distinctive exploration of identity, migration and Islamic spirituality. Her new novel, Bird Summons, is a more light-hearted and playful departure from previous books, chronicling a road trip taken by three Muslim women in very different life circumstances
She is a house author for Grove. We’ve published all of her books dating back to 2005.
Aboulela was the first recipient of the Caine Prize for African Writing.
Her novels, The Translator, a New York Times 100 Notable Books of the Year, Minaret, and Lyrics Alley, were all longlisted for the Orange Prize (now the Women's Prize).
Lyrics Alley was Fiction Winner of the Scottish Book Awards and was shortlisted for the Commonwealth Prize. Her book of short stories, Coloured Lights, was short-listed for the MacMillan Silver PEN award.
Aboulela’s works have been included in cultural educational programs supported by the British Council and the National Endowment for the Humanities in the US.
Her work has been translated into fifteen languages.