Author Aminatta Forna, author of the Orange Prize-shortlisted The Memory of Love returns with her new novel Happiness, in which Attila and Jean, two strangers to London - and each other - share a chance encounter. Aminatta joins us to discuss this beautiful story of connection, past grief and the undercurrents of a big city.
"It is as if the author has privileged access into multiple spheres of existence, learning the secret languages of each, conferring dignity and consequence on these figures who often pass unseen and unrecorded in our accounts of contemporary life”
About Aminatta Forna
Aminatta Forna is the author of the novels The Hired Man, The Memory of Love and Ancestor Stones, and the memoir The Devil that Danced on the Water. Her books have won multiple prizes, including the Commonwealth Writers' Prize Book Award, and been shortlisted for many others, among them the Orange Prize for Fiction, the Neustadt Prize, the Samuel Johnson Prize and the Dublin International IMPAC Award. In 2014 Forna won the Donald Windham-Sandy M. Campbell Literature Prize, an award from Yale University in honour of an author's body of work.