Aminatta Forna

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Aminatta Forna

Biography

Aminatta Forna is a novelist, memoirist and essayist. Her novels are Happiness, The Hired Man, The Memory of Love, and Ancestor Stones. In 2002 she published a memoir of her dissident father and Sierra Leone, The Devil that Danced on the Water. Her essay collection The Window Seat was published by Grove Press in 2021. She is the winner of a Windham Campbell Award from Yale University and the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize, and has been a finalist for the Neustadt Prize, the Orange Prize, the Samuel Johnson Prize, the IMPAC Award, and the Ondaatje Prize, among others. Forna was made an OBE in the Queen’s 2017 New Year’s Honours list. She is Professor of Creative Writing at Bath Spa University and Director of the Lannan Center at Georgetown University.

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