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Muddy People: A Memoir (MP3)
Written by:
Sara El Sayed 
Read by:
Sara El Sayed 
Unabridged MP3 CD Audio Book 
Number of CDs:
7 hours 3 minutes 
MP3 size:
311 MB 
December 01 2021 
Available Date:
December 01 2021 
Age Category:
Non-fiction; Autobiography; Memoirs; Parenting & Families 
ABC Audio 
Bolinda price
AUD$ 39.95
AUD$ 39.95

Australian author

Shortlisted The University of Queensland Non-Fiction Book Award 2022
Shortlisted Queensland Premier's Award for a Work of State Significance 2022
Shortlisted Courier Mail People's Choice Award 2022
Highly Commended The National Biography Awards 2022

Muddy People is a hilarious, heartwarming memoir of growing up and becoming oneself in an Egyptian Muslim family

A hilarious, heartwarming memoir of growing up and becoming yourself in an Egyptian Muslim family. Soos is coming of age in a household with a lot of rules. No bikinis, despite the Queensland heat. No boys, unless he’s Muslim. And no life insurance, not even when her father gets cancer. Soos is trying to balance her parents’ strict decrees with having friendships, crushes and the freedom to develop her own values. With each rule Soos comes up against, she is forced to choose between doing what her parents say is right and following her instincts. When her family falls apart, she comes to see her parents as flawed, their morals based on a muddy logic. But she will also learn that they are her strongest defenders.

'An important portrayal of growing self-determination.'
The Saturday Paper

'Both cosmopolitan and Australian at the same time, Muddy People is like the best kind of cake: warm, sweet, a bit nutty – and made with so much love.'
Alice Pung, author of Unpolished Gem

'Sara El Sayed's writing is fresh, vibrant and dynamic. This is the kind of mud that will dirty your hands and cleanse your spirit.'
Michael Mohammed Ahmad, author of The Lebs

'A beautifully told story of parents and children, pain and loss, and the love that binds people together.'
Rohan Wilson, author of The Roving Party

'With elegant lyricism, compelling urgency and a dark sense of humour, Muddy People by Sara El Sayed is an impressive debut memoir …'

'Muddy People is a delightful and engaging read, and an incredibly impressive debut from El Sayed, a young Australian author to watch!'
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'Muddy People is a reflection of moving between the lines that are drawn for us – as children, as girls, as migrants – as we come of age.'
The Guardian