Hisham Matar


Hisham Matar

In his powerful memoir of exile and loss, ‘The Return’, Hisham Matar offers us a moving insight into life in Libya under Colonel Gadaffi. After the Libyan revolution in 2012, Hisham was able to return to his home country for the first time in thirty years. His mission was to discover what happened to his father, Jaballa, an outspoken critic of the Gadaffi regime, who was kidnapped in 1990 by Libyan security forces, never to be seen by his wife and two sons again.

‘The Return’ has been shortlisted for the prestigious Baillie Gifford Prize for Non-fiction and was a Book of the Week for Radio 4.

the-return_opt“What a brilliant book. The Return reads as easily as a thriller, but is a story that will stick; a person is lost but gravity and resonance remain.”

Hilary Mantel

“A triumph of art over tyranny, structurally thrilling, intensely moving, The Return is a treasure for all ages.”

Peter Carey