ISBN 9780957208407
Pages 148
Dimensions 198 x 129mm
Published 2012
Publisher Salaam Publishing, UK
Format Paperback

The Adventures of Jamil

by Mohammed Umar

When Jamil was a boy growing up on the Tatasi Peninsula, the Twin Tragedy ‒ an earthquake and a volcanic eruption ‒ cut Tatasi off from the mainland, turning it into an island. Immediately afterwards, a sea monster emerged and terrorized the trapped inhabitants. Jamil and his friends each dream of being the one to slay the monster, and freeing the islanders from their fear and uncertainty. But Jamil also dreams of finding the lost half of Tatasi's Golden Key, said to safeguard the island from future natural disasters.

The Adventures of Jamil tells the tale of this young man's journey to fulfil his two dreams. Inventing a brilliant plan he succeeds in defeating the sea monster. But the second dream proves much harder to attain. Jamil's quest for the other half of the key is full of twists and turns. Along the way, Jamil survives a shipwreck, crosses the desert and fights chimeras.

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About the Author

Mohammed Umar

Mohammed Umar was born in Azare in Nigeria’s Bauchi State. He studied political science at Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Nigeria. He then graduated with an M.A. in journalism from Moscow State University (1991) and M.A. in political economy from Middlesex University, UK (1996). Mohammed Umar served as a judge for the Caine Prize for African Writing in 2009 and he was the winner of the Muslim News Award for Excellence in Arts in 2010. He lives in London.