The Lebs

The Lebs

Shortlisted for the 2019 Miles Franklin Award

by Michael Mohammed Ahmad

Paperback / softback Publication Date: 27/02/2018

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*Shortlisted for the 2019 Miles Franklin Award*

A confronting new novel from award winning Sydney Morning Herald Best Young Novelist Michael Mohammed Ahmad.

'Bani Adam thinks he's better than us!' they say over and over until finally I shout back, 'Shut up, I have something to say!'

They all go quiet and wait for me to explain myself, redeem myself, pull my shirt out, rejoin the pack. I hold their anticipation for three seconds, and then, while they're all ablaze, I say out loud, 'I do think I'm better.'

As far as Bani Adam is concerned Punchbowl Boys is the arse end of the earth. Though he's a Leb and they control the school, Bani feels at odds with the other students, who just don't seem to care. He is a romantic in a sea of hypermasculinity.

Bani must come to terms with his place in this hostile, hopeless world, while dreaming of so much more.

ISBN:
9780733639012
9780733639012
Category:
Contemporary fiction
Format:
Paperback / softback
Publication Date:
27-02-2018
Language:
English
Publisher:
Hachette Australia
Country of origin:
Australia
Pages:
272
Dimensions (mm):
210x135x20mm
Weight:
0.26kg
Michael Mohammed Ahmad

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.

His debut novel, The Tribe, received a 2015 Sydney Morning Herald Best Young Australian Novelists of the Year Award. Mohammed received his Doctorate of Creative Arts at Western Sydney University in 2017.

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