Recorded: Wed 20 Oct 2021
Duration: 70 mins
Nadifa Mohamed joined Alex Clark for our October 2021 Book Club, exploring Nadifa’s Booker Prize shortlisted book, The Fortune Men, a story of prejudice, justice and the dispensability of truth.
Mahmood Mattan is a fixture in Cardiff’s Tiger Bay, 1952, which bustles with Somali and West Indian sailors, Maltese businessmen and Jewish families. He is many things: a father, chancer, some-time petty thief, but he is not a murderer.
When all eyes fall on him following a murder, Mahmood isn’t too worried. In this country, he thinks, justice is served. But under the shadow of the hangman’s noose, he begins to realise that the truth may not be enough to save him…
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