Swimming on the Lawn

Written by Yasmin Hamid


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Farida lives with her family in Khartoum, Sudan. For Farida the 1960s are a time of fun and adventure, from riding the train to a remote village by the remains of Nubian pyramids to seeing the twirling dancers of the Mawlid festival. But as columns of black smoke rise on the horizon, can Farida’s happiness last?

'The oppressive heat, the unusual flora and fauna, the scrumptious breakfasts and the experience of birth and death are all brought to life against a wonderful backdrop of Sudanese culture and customs ... young readers won't fail to recognise the celebration and importance of family life. Highly recommended for ages 9+.' Readings Monthly

'The author describes the culture, foods and celebrations [of 1960s Khartoum] very well.' In The Good Books Blog

'This beautifully written novel paints a delightful picture of a girl growing up, like its author, in 1960s Khartoum ...' [Four and a half stars] Adelaide Advertiser

ISBN 9781925164855 (Paperback)
Formats B Format (198 x 128mm) (Paperback)
Categories Fiction for Middle Readers
Children's ebooks
Great Big Book Read Books
New Releases
Children's Book Week
Publisher Fremantle Press
Edition 1st
Publication Year 2017
Pages 176
Rights World
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    Yasmin Hamid

    Yasmin Hamid grew up in East Africa with her siblings, English mother and Sudanese father. She loves reading and has been in the same book club group for almost twenty-five years. She is happily married and has lived in Western Australia since 1988. Read more