Books by Irene Sabatini - Writer - Official Website

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An Act of Defiance

"A tough read, but ultimately an uplifting and moving one"

"A searing, delightful gem of a book."
NOVUYO ROSA TSHUMA, author of House of Stone

"An incredible achievement."
CHIKA UNIGWE, author of On Black Sisters' Street

"Raw, moving and utterly compelling."
TENDAI HUCHU, author of The Hairdresser of Harare


Irene Sabatini, Winner of the 2010 Orange Award for New Writers, has written an unforgettable novel about love, agency, motherhood and bravery, showing how the dehumanising effects of political violence can shape and remake a life.
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The Boy Next Door: A Novel
" "Two days after I turned 14 the son of our neighbour set his stepmother alight", begins one of the most engaging novels about inter-racial love to be published this century." - Amanda Craig - The Independent

"Immediately engaging, vivid and buzzing with energy, The Boy Next Door is the work of a true storyteller... Irene Sabatini has written an important book that will enchant readers and which marks the emergence of a serious new talent.” - Di Spiers - Editor of Readings at BBC Radio 4 - Chair of Judges, 2010 Orange Award for New Writers
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Peace and Conflict

"In this, her second novel, [Irene Sabatini] has produced another fictional dynamo, 10-year-old Roberto, who narrates with such charm it’s hard not to fall in love with him."  - Bernardine Evaristo - The Guardian

"[Peace and Conflict] generates a complex lens from the childlike proximity of small, mundane things and the distant horrors of Mugabe's dictatorship.  - Cameron Woodhead - The Sydney Morning Herald


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