Ahdaf Soueif ( أهداف سويف) was born in Egypt in 1950, but between the ages of four and eight she lived in England while her mother studied for her PhD at London University. She learned to read from Little Grey Rabbit and English comics. She returned to England in 1973 to study for a doctorate in linguistics at Lancaster University.
Her first book Aisha was shortlisted for the Guardian Fiction Prize. Her most recent novel is The Map of Love, which was shortlisted for the Booker Prize in 1999. Mezzaterra: Fragments from the Common Ground, Ahdaf Soueif's collected essays and journalism were published in November 2004.
Best known as a novelist, Soeif is also a political and cultural commentator. She writes in both English and Arabic and has written various essays and reviews published in: The Guardian, Al Shoroq, Akhbar al-Adab, al-Arabi, Cosmopolitan, Granta, al-Hilal, al-Katibah, The London Magazine, The London Review of Books, New Society, Nisf al-Dunya, The Observer, Sabah al-Kheir, The Sunday Telegraph, Times Literary Supplement, the Washington Post and others..
Soueif is also a political activist, and a supporter of the Palestinian cause. She is the patron of Palestine Solidarity Campaign, and the Chair of PalFest.
(From AhdafSoueif.com Website)
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