Revisiting why I wrote Jasmine Falling

Hi all, As you know, I am back online after a two year hiatus and I return with exciting news about the upcoming publication of my second novel, The Tower. Beacon Books will be publishing my second book in April and before it goes live to all my readers, I wanted to reflect on why writingContinue reading “Revisiting why I wrote Jasmine Falling”

The Tower. Out Soon!

The Tower is Shereen Malherbe’s second novel, due out in April 2019, published by Beacon Books. Book summary: Reem is a Syrian refugee who has arrived in London, trying to discover the whereabouts of her 10-year old brother, Adar. Obsessed with history and consumed by her fragmented memories of home, Reem is also hiding secretsContinue reading “The Tower. Out Soon!”

Haunted

Dear readers, I have recently announced that my short stories will be available for free via my website. If you visit my homepage, you can scroll through the posted ones and choose any that take your fancy. Let me know your thoughts or favourites! For a U.A.E based story, read Ayesha. For a memoir extractContinue reading “Haunted”

Exciting News

Dear readers, I am pleased to announce that my latest novel will be published by Beacon Books this coming year. I am looking forward to sharing this journey with you. Soon the title and book cover will be revealed and we are searching for readers who want to receive an Advanced Reader Copy (ARC) toContinue reading “Exciting News”

We bought white lilies

An excerpt from a memoir piece. TW: Loss, cancer I will always remember that summer when us three girls were on the brink of turning nineteen. Every summer, our houses would be surrounded by fields full of rapeseed with its sweet pollen smell drifting through the air. It coated the fields in sunshine yellow andContinue reading “We bought white lilies”

Into the Borneo Rainforest

Sabah, Borneo. A wooden boardwalk weaved through the 130 million-year-old rainforest that grew down to the coast on the South China Sea in Sarawak, Borneo. Dense jungle trapped the moisture in the air. Under the rainforest canopy as we walked to our cabin, gibbons swung above our heads, poisonous vipers wrapped themselves around trees, almostContinue reading “Into the Borneo Rainforest”

Reflections at an English tea house in Borneo

At an English Tearoom, Sabah ,Borneo. The Agnes Keith house sits on a hill in Sabah Borneo. Agnes was an American author who married the British Conservator of the Forests and lived in Borneo in 1936. Their old house is preserved as a tourist attraction. She lovingly writes of the house that, ‘All day inContinue reading “Reflections at an English tea house in Borneo”

A fairy-tale hidden in Oman: The tale of Noor.

I wrote this in my writing journal after a trip to the beautiful, mountainous region of Oman. If you ever get a chance to visit, I highly recommend it. It’s a beautiful part of the world & during the winter season, the mountain roads are engulfed with mist. It was a perfect setting for aContinue reading “A fairy-tale hidden in Oman: The tale of Noor.”

Friday Finds: ‘Birds / Have No Hands’

Originally posted on ArabLit & ArabLit Quarterly:
Ahmed Shafie (http://shaaaf.blogspot.com) is an Egyptian poet, novelist, and translator who oddly does not have a collection in English translation, although his work has been translated by Robin Moger and, here, by Humphrey Davies: Shafie was a 2014 resident at the University of Iowa’s prestigious International Writing Program,…