Wednesday, 20 May 2015

SHADES OF EYEWEAR SPECIAL FOCUS ON OUR WRITERS AND POETS: #1 SUMIA SUKKAR

SUMIA SUKKAR, BRITISH WRITER AND POET
Over the next weeks, as Britain's sunny summer days intermiitently appear, we will be celebrating our Eyewear list of writers and poets HERE at our blog - each wearing a pair of shades, for the sheer fun of it. Enjoy and collect these cool images of the hot summer of reading ahead... and look for their books!

Sumia Sukkar is one of our younger Eyewear Publishing authors, but her debut novel, The Boy From Aleppo Who Painted The War, is already one of our biggest successes, in terms both of sales and critical reception.  It got a glowing review in The Times, and was aired on BBC Radio 4 as a special dramatisation last autumn - it was heard by over 600,000 listeners. There is now talk of a movie adaptation, and of course we are discussing foreign translations.  Her powerful, poetic and even at times visionary story of Adam and his sister Yasmine, caught up in the Syrian conflict, strips bare the savagery of war as it impacts on innocent civilians (and not so innocent people); explores taboos like mental health and rape during war in the Middle East, and, even more beautifully, portrays a loving Muslim family as decent and caring as any in English literature - a rarity that her work rectifies. A talent to watch, Ms Sukkar is already one of the most impressive young novelists in Britain today. And, she is a poet as well!
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