We Are All Birds of Uganda

Zayyan, Hafsa

  3 Reviews

An aspiring young lawyer in present-day London, Sameer Saeed, is about to receive payback for all of his hard work and ambition. The world should be his oyster, but just as his grandfather Hasan experienced in Uganda culminating in expulsion in 1972 under Idi Amin's regime, British colonisation has a long reach and prejudice is dangerous and disruptive.

Moving between Uganda and London, Sameer and Hasan's dual narrative thoughtfully explores identity and belonging and the challenges of finding one's place in the world.

Comments from BDS Reviewers

"Great book. I loved it. It was thought-provoking and interesting. A great one to discuss and enjoyable to read."

"Well-written with an interesting plot and good characters."

"A complex mix of generations, lifestyles and attitudes. It makes the reader think about the experiences of Asian immigrants."

"The writing is very descriptive and is beautiful."

"The end is surprising but excellent in its own way."



We all loved it - great discussion.
CHCH 518
Most of our group enjoyed this book and would seek out the author in the future. A few readers struggled with the ending, but overall that did not detract from an entertaining and powerful story about identity.
AUCK 272
We enjoyed this book, despite the many adverbs. We learnt about this period of history.