The Bookseller Reports

Hisham Matar has won the first £20,000 Rathbones Folio Prize for his “profound and powerful” memoir The Return (Viking). The Return: Fathers, Sons and the Land in Between details Matar’s search, both physical and psychological, for his missing...

The Guardian Reports

A month after it secured him a Pulitzer prize, Hisham Matar’s memoir The Return has won the Rathbones Folio prize. The Return tells the story of Matar’s journey to his native Libya in search of his missing father, Jaballa, following the fall of Muammar Gadafi’s...

The Winner of the Rathbones Folio Prize 2017

Hisham Matar wins inaugural Rathbones Folio Prize Hisham Matar has been announced as the winner of the inaugural Rathbones Folio Prize. Matar received the award for THE RETURN; Fathers, Sons and the Land in Between, a profound and powerful memoir of his search, both...

Robin Yassin-Kassab and Leila Al-Sham

At what age did you know you wanted to become a writer? Robin:  Perhaps since three or four, when I used to visit the bookshop my grandfather worked in, and was enchanted. Leila:    I’ve never thought ‘I want to be a writer’. And do not really consider myself to be...

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