Nominated by:

The National Library of Malaysia, Kuala Lumpar

Publisher of nominated edition:

Jemari Seni, Malaysia

Like the Starlings

Diyar Harraz      

2018 Longlist

Two lost souls. One pre-destined fate. Each with a conflict they have so little control over…

Laila Fazal is starting to see life more differently. After hitting rock bottom due to the untimely death of her step-mother, she begins to scrutinise over her life and the people around her. Things are on their way to destruction and it’s time that she declutters the things that ‘now’ matters to her.

Rhys Steffan Evans has a vow of his own. On the lookout for rebuilding his life from the nightmares behind, he’s attempting to become a new man. But things aren’t as simple as it first sounded when obstacles and the old chapters of his life started to haunt him, forcing him to jeopardise his newly found happiness.

A world apart, both with their own ‘worst bits of life’ to be dealt with, the two stumble on one startling journey, surrounded with cultural differences, sacrifices and chaos.

Can they manage to achieve their purposes, in the end?

Against the backdrops of a small, historical town in West Wales and Alor Gajah in Malacca, Like the Starlings envelops the livelihood of two people in their boisterous journey of self-discovery that rekindles lost memories, family and the sense of coming home.

About the author

Diyar Harraz was born in Cairo, and had grown up in many countries before returning home after almost 14 years. She used to live in the sunny Cape Town, the sandy Egypt, and the hilly part of the UK.

Her debut novel, After the Storm was shortlisted for the Popular’s Readers Choice Award in 2015. Her second novel, One Minute to Midnight was longlisted for the International Dublin Literary Award 2017.

When she isn’t slaving away on a new book, she spends her time visiting places, reading good books, baking and blogging.

(from publisher)

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