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Sabrina Mahfouz is a writer and performer, raised in London and Cairo and working across multiple... Read More

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Sabrina Mahfouz is a writer and performer, raised in London and Cairo and working across multiple art forms, including film, TV, opera, dance and music. She is a Royal Society of Literature Fellow and a resident writer at Shakespeare's Globe Theatre. Her previous theatre work includes A History of Water in the Middle East, Chef and Dry Ice. Sabrina has edited the anthologies Smashing It: Working Class Artists on Life, Art & Making It Happen, Poems From a Green and Blue Planet and The Things I Would Tell You: British Muslim Women Write and she is an essay contributor to the multi-award-winning The Good Immigrant.

'Sabrina Mahfouz is a tidal wave of truth swallowing the banks of empire with a torrent of information which will not be damned' Lemn Sissay

'A bold, brave look at the ways imperialism affects us all, from the universally political to the insightfully intimate' Riz Ahmed

'Impossible to put down while you're reading, and impossible to forget about when you've finished' Glamour



Are you not made of Suez silt?
How do we know you won't
shore our boats
by making yourself bigger
than we made you?

Sabrina Mahfouz once sat in a Whitehall interview room and was interrogated about everything from her political leanings to her private life. It was ostensibly a job interview, but implicit in their demands was the unspoken question: as a woman of Middle Eastern heritage, could she really be trusted?

Years later, Sabrina found herself confronting the meaning behind this interrogation, and how it was specifically informed by the British Empire's historical dominance in the Middle East. THESE BODIES OF WATER investigates this history through the Middle Eastern coastlines and waterways that were so vital to the Empire's hold. Interwoven with her own personal experiences, Sabrina combines history, politics, myth and poetry in a devastating examination of this unacknowledged part of Britain's colonial past.

Part history, part polemic and part intimate memoir, THESE BODIES OF WATER is a tapestry of writing that tells the story of Britain's relationship with the Middle East in the most revealing terms.A powerful meditation on the influence of the British Empire in the Middle East, intertwining history, politics, poetry, myth and personal experience from poet and playwright Sabrina MahfouzSabrina Mahfouz is a tidal wave of truth swallowing the banks of empire with a torrent of information which will not be damned. These Bodies of Water is so vast, yet achingly intimate. It is a brilliant piece of work which had me hooked from start to finish.These Bodies of Water is a bold, brave look at the ways imperialism affects us all, from the universally political to the insightfully intimateSabrina Mahfouz's poetic talents come to the forefront in this lyrical meditation on the influence of the British Empire in the Middle East. Part memoir, part history, These Bodies of Water defies categorisation in favour of a lucid, tumbling narrative that sweeps you along for the ride. Like all truly brilliant books, it's impossible to put down while you're reading, and impossible to forget about when you've finishedSabrina is a writer of staggering conviction, ingenuity and integrity. Her skills are mighty, her language is beautiful and precise. She's a real oneBrilliant and profound...this book is about coastlines, cities, climate collapse and capitalism. There's so much going on in it. It's marvellousA brilliant and fascinating history of the Middle East, forcing us to rethink everything we thought we knew. A completely necessary book for us all as we sit in a post-Brexit world, once more considering boundaries and border lines. Sabrina writes beautifully, using prose, rhythm and poetry, to combine history and memoir in one of the most compelling journeys through the Middle EastI'm a huge fan of Sabrina Mahfouz and her unsurpassed talent to draw a reader in from the first line. These Bodies Of Water is a great example of her integrity, her essential honesty, this work is breathtaking and ferocious, uncompromising and powerfulI loved THESE BODIES OF WATER. It's fierce, intelligent, and wise, and everyone should read itJust wonderful . . . Such a brilliant and unique way to tackle the impacts of colonialism on a region. I absolutely loved itThis is a fearless and brilliant book. Each and every sentence is fire!With fierce honesty and lyricism, Mahfouz maps out the story of British colonialism in the Arab world, grappling with the dark foundations of her privilege and challenging the lie of meritocracy on which modern Britain is built

Product Details

Title: These Bodies of Water
Author: Sabrina Mahfouz
SKU: BK0457043
EAN: 9781472282491
Language: English

About Author

Sabrina Mahfouz is a writer and performer, raised in London and Cairo and working across multiple art forms. Her poetry collection, How You Might Know Me, was a 2017 Guardian Best Summer Read and she is an essay contributor to the multi-award-winning The Good Immigrant. Her previous theatre work includes A History of Water in the Middle East, Chef and Dry Ice. Sabrina has edited the anthologies Smashing It, Poems From a Green and Blue Planet and The Things I Would Tell You. She regularly presents documentaries and literary programmes on BBC Radio 4.

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