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Nathalie Abi-Ezzi

Novelist, Short-story writer

Nathalie Abi-Ezzi is a novelist and short-story writer. Her birthplace, Lebanon, inspired her first two novels. A Girl Made of Dust (4th Estate, 2008) tells the story of a ten-year-old girl trying to unravel family intrigues in the midst of the Lebanese civil war. It won the LiBeraturpreis, was shortlisted for the Desmond Elliott prize, Waverton Good Read award and Author’s Club Best First Novel award, longlisted for the International IMPAC Dublin award and chosen for Edinburgh International Book Festival’s New Voices list. It has also been adapted into a film script. Her follow-up, Paper Sparrows (Holland House Books, 2020), follows a teenager’s search for her missing brother through Beirut during the July War of 2006. Nathalie’s published PhD in English Literature contributed to an interest in the uncanny which is evident in her short stories. These have variously won awards, appeared in anthologies, and been both broadcast on Radio 4 and performed at live events. More recently, she has begun to write poetry, and several of her poems appear in online magazines.

Nathalie Abi-Ezzi is the author of two novels, short stories, poetry, and a published PhD in English Literature. She runs creative writing workshops, and was an RLF Fellow at the London College of Fashion, UAL, from 2021 to 2023.

Nathalie’s first novel, A Girl Made of Dust (4th Estate, 2008), tells the story of a ten-year-old girl trying to unravel family intrigues in the midst of the Lebanese civil war. It won the LiBeraturpreis, was shortlisted for the Desmond Elliott prize, Waverton Good Read award and Author’s Club Best First Novel award, longlisted for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary award and chosen for Edinburgh International Book Festival’s New Voices list. It has also been adapted into a film script.

Her follow-up, Paper Sparrows (Holland House Books, 2020), follows a teenager’s search for her missing brother through Beirut during the July War of 2006, and explores themes of belonging and exile.

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Nathalie Abi-Ezzi

Novelist, Short-story writer

Website

http://www.nathalieabiezzi.com/

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  • London College of Fashion, 2021–2023
  • Reading Round Fellow