|SUMIA SUKKAR, BRITISH WRITER AND POET|
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!