Shahad Al Rawi was born in Baghdad, Iraq, and graduated from the University of Damascus. Currently, Al Rawi is PhD student in management and anthropology. Her fiction debut, The Baghdad Clock, (“Sa’at Baghdad”) was published in Arabic in 2016 and has been a bestseller from Baghdad to Dubai. An English-language edition was published by Oneworld in May 2018 and went on to win the Edinburgh International Book Festival’s First Book Award. It was also shortlisted for the International Prize for Arabic Fiction. She is currently completing her second novel.
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