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  • ISBN: 9781743348222
  • Format: eBook
  • Pub Date: 01/07/2012
  • Category: Fiction & related items / Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
    Fiction & related items / General
  • Imprint: Macmillan Australia
  • Price: $9.99

It is a truth universally acknowledged that a single man in possession of a student visa must be in want of an Australian wife.

Twenty-eight-year old Esma has a masters in human resource management, never orders just a salad, is well-travelled, has excellent taste in music, watches the ABC news, has the Guardian saved as an app on her iPhone, knows all the two-letter words in Scrabble and can tell the difference between a Ford and a Holden. Armed with a check-list, she's on the hunt for Mr Right, who must be a Muslim.

Tired of failed matchmaking, online dating sites and people calling her 'old fashioned', Esma forms a 'No Sex in the City' club with her friends Lisa, Ruby and Nirvana.

Esma's quest for The One was never going to be easy but when family, friends and meddling employers are thrown into the equation, her path to true love suddenly takes a great big detour.

Author Information

Randa Abdel-Fattah knew she wanted to be a writer when, aged ten, she wrote her first book: a complete rip-off of Roald Dahl's Matilda. Since stealing ideas from Roald Dahl, she's found her own voice and has written eight books for young adults and children: Does My Head Look Big in This?, Ten Things I Hate About Me, Where the Streets Had A Name, Noah's Law, Buzz Off, The Friendship Matchmaker, The Friendship Matchmaker Goes Undercover and her first adult novel, No Sex in the City. Randa is also a lawyer and human rights activist. She lives in Sydney with her husband and two children.

Randa is a prominent Australian author, academic, human rights advocate, former lawyer and mother of four children. She has been nominated for Sweden's 2019 Astrid Lindgren Award, the world's biggest children's and young adult literature award (she was also nominated in 2018). The award-winning author of eleven novels, published and translated in over 20 countries, Randa writes across a wide range of genres and actively seeks to translate her academic work into creative interventions which reshape dominant narratives around race, human rights, multiculturalism and identity in popular culture. She has been publishing her op eds in Australia's national and international newspapers and journals since 1998. She has had regular appearances on Q&A, The Drum, Lateline and The 7.30 Report, and radio interviews (RN Drive, ABC Books and Arts, The Conversation Hour etc.).

Her debut novel, Does My Head Look Big in This?, has sold more than 100,000 copies in Australia, is published around the world and was performed on the stage in America. With funding from Screen Australia and Create NSW, Randa is currently adapting Does My Head Look Big in This? as an Australian feature film. Randa has been the recipient of many awards including the Victorian Premier's Literary Award (2005 and 2017), the Australian Book Industry Awards, the Kathleen Mitchell Award and the State Library of Victoria Centre for Youth Literature's Gold Inky award. Randa's books have also consistently made it to best fiction lists in the USA and Top 100 New York Public Library Books for Teenagers.

Randa is also a postdoctoral Research Fellow at Macquarie University where she is working on a project - the first of its kind in Australia - comparing the generational impact of the war on terror on Muslim and non-Muslim youth born into a post 9/11 world via in-depth interviews and innovative storytelling workshops in schools and universities.

Randa does not consider herself to be a typical academic, having come to academia from a law career and continuing career as a novelist. She is regularly invited as a guest speaker at writers' festivals and schools around the world. She addresses hundreds of students every year and continues to juggle her human rights advocacy and writing around her academic work as she wants her academic work to be grounded in community.

Randa is also a Stella Schools Ambassador in the Girls Write Up program, promoting awareness around diversity and social justice from an intersectional framework through workshops in Australian schools.

She is currently co-editing an anthology about growing up Arab in Australia due for publication by Picador in 2019.

She can be found at www.randaabdelfattah.com and @RandaAFattah