The Fortune Men by Nadifa Mohamed

The Fortune Men by Nadifa Mohamed

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Set in the city where I grew up and in a time not too long before I was born, this novel describes the events around the unlawful killing of two people. Both are immigrants who live in the area around Cardiff Docks that was known as Tiger Bay. The descriptions of the background to their lives and the lives of others in the area opened my eyes to somewhere that I thought I knew well enough.
It’s a tragic, true tale where nobody wins and the events deeply affect the families of those closely involved.
Bute Street and the Docks was an area with a reputation and where my parents would have been frightened for my safety if they had known that I ventured there after dark, two decades after this time. Populated by people who were often strangers in a strange land, a mix of races, creeds and cultures all trying to make a living in what had once been the busiest port on earth but was now on its way down economically as trading in coal tailed off.
Nadifa’s writing is excellent throughout, evoking the poverty of the times, the feeling of alienation of much of the population and the prejudice shown to them. I was gripped from start to finish.

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Published by Alun Rees

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