Release date: November 2021
Format: Hardback
Pages: 352

Price: £ 14.99
ISBN: 978-1-7399824-0-9

An unforgettable novel, made cruelly relevant by what has been taking place in Europe.”

Neal Ascherson, writer and journalist; The Death of Fronsac, Black Sea

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“A moving, intelligent story interrogating what it means to be a refugee.”

Julia Bell, senior lecturer creative writing; Radical Attention, The Dark Light

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“Poetic and beautifully rendered, it probes the boundaries between those who have and those who seek.”

Isabel Hilton, OBE, journalist and broadcaster; The Search for the Panchen Lama

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“A Mesopotamian epic of migration. It tells of human experience of dangerous crossings in search of hospitality.”

Fazil Moradi, Faculty of Humanities – University of Johannesburg

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After a perilous quest through an unforgiving desert, a 19-year-old refugee arrives at a colossal glass wall guarded by an old man. In order to be granted entry to the city, he is told he must recount the story of who he is, where he has come from, and why he should be granted asylum. Having barely survived his journey to the wall, the young man doesn’t welcome having to relive the pain of his past. But then, desperate for another chance, he starts recounting tales from his childhood, encompassing the history of his family and his country, and the prospect of a new life seems closer than ever.

But will his story be convincing enough to guarantee his safety?

A story of struggle and persecution but abundant in hope, The Glass Wall is a clear-eyed, emotionally honest account of displaced people and the very human desire for survival at all costs.

About the author

Goran Baba Ali has written and published various literary and journalistic works in Kurdish, Dutch and English. The Glass Wall is his debut novel in the English language. As an ex-refugee, originally from Iraqi Kurdistan, he has personally experienced some of the protagonist’s hardship in this novel, including a few weeks living in a desert. Since he left Iraq in 1994, he has lived in various countries. He studied sociology in Amsterdam, where he was also the editor-in-chief of exPonto Magazine. After fifteen years living in the Netherlands, he moved to London in 2012 and has since spent most of his time writing, including a part-time freelance job reporting news from Iraq for the English language outlet INSIGHT. In 2019, he completed an MA in creative writing at Birkbeck, University of London.

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This book was sponsored by Simko Dauwdy, Sarwar Gharib, the news outlet INSIGHT, and the Euro Supermarket in Coventry.

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