A brilliant debut from @haffy_22 published by @merkybooks, We Are All Birds of Uganda tells two stories of loss, identity, family and finding one’s place in the world.
Sameer is a well-educated, over-worked lawyer living in London. His family are Ugandan Asian living in Leicester where they expect him to help run the, successful, family business. Sameer has been given an incredible opportunity at his law firm. He’s not sure he wants to do either and it isn’t until a tragedy strikes that he is confronted with these thoughts and made to face his confusion.
Hassan, Sameer’s grandfather, tells his story through a series of letters to his late wife. He is a Ugandan Asian living in Uganda, who also runs a successful business. This is until the dictator Idi Amin takes power.
The stories of these two men are in some ways similar as they navigate the people and places they love amidst the expectations they have and are put upon them.
This book is rich in both character and plot with a fascinating insight into the history of Uganda and Leicester, as well as compelling exploration of race and religion.