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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

'Most Australian children will find the setting and lifestyle, described in sensory detail, very different from their lives today ... the novel's structure is discovered to be subtle and clever, and its ending is unexpected ...' Magpies

'Set in Sudan in the 1960s, you are gently drawn into the childhood of Farida and her siblings ... all the small details of the everyday immerses the reader in Farida's world ... readers will enjoy comparing and contrasting their childhood experiences and learning about Sudanese culture.' Kids' Reading Guide

'This beautifully written novel paints a delightful picture of a girl growing up, like its author, in 1960s Khartoum ... [4.5 out of 5 stars]' Adelaide Advertiser

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

'The languid atmosphere of Sudan permeates the story, with Hamid recalling her homeland, effortlessly reporting the small details of family life, religion and culture. Food and its preparation, clothes, school, births and deaths, and sleeping on the verandah when it is too hot inside [all] form a heart warming background to this story of family life.' ReadPlus


ISBN 9781925164855 (Paperback)
Formats B Format (198 x 130mm) (Paperback)
Categories Fiction for Middle Readers
Children's ebooks
Great Big Book Read Books
The West Australian's ED! Serialisations
Stories for Change
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