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The Lebs


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Michael Mohammed Ahmad is the founding director of Sweatshop Literacy Movement and editor of the critically acclaimed anthology After Australia (Affirm Press, 2020). Mohammed's debut novel, The Tribe (Giramondo, 2014), won the 2015 Sydney Morning Herald Best Young Novelists of the Year Award. His second novel, The Lebs (Hachette Australia, 2018), won the 2019 NSW Premier's Multicultural Literary Award and was shortlisted for the 2019 Miles Franklin Literary Award. Mohammed received his Doctorate of Creative Arts from Western Sydney University in 2017.


wonderfully vivid and compelling . . . utterly authentic - Books+Publishingin its vibrancy, its warty candour and willingness to engage with the messy business of people falling out of their known worlds without knowing where to go next, The Lebs is a strong and resonant novel that deserves to be widely read. - Weekend Australianan open-eyed and highly charismatic novel broiling with fight, tenderness and ambition. - Big Issue AustraliaThe Lebs is vividly told, with a strong and distinct voice, and in Bani Adam, we have a wonderfully complex and compelling character to lead us on this journey through his world. - The AU Review

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