New releases from Hoopoe

Velvet

Huzama Habayeb

Hawa is a child of the grinding hardship of a Palestinian refugee camp. She has had to survive the camp itself, as well as the humiliation and destruction of an abusive family life. But now, later in … continued

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Guard of the Dead

George Yarak

Abir scrapes a living in a Beirut hospital morgue, stealing from both the bodies he tends and his bosses. But he has a dark history that continues to haunt him. Earlier in the civil war, he fled his v … continued

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Clouds over Alexandria

Ibrahim Abdel Meguid

In the 1970s, once-cosmopolitan Alexandria was at the forefront of the clash between Nasser’s socialist-era principles and the burgeoning fundamentalist movement. Five idealistic students find themsel … continued

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The hoopoe blog

“I treat my writing time as a job”

This month Ruqaya Izzidien’s The Watermelon Boys (Hoopoe, 2018) was shortlisted for the Betty Trask Prize and Awards. When the news reached her, the young Iraqi-Welsh writer tweeted: “Dizzy, tearful,…

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