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Winner of the Premiers Literary Awards Multicultural NSW Award 2019

Longlisted for the Miles Franklin Literary Award 2019 

'Bani Adam thinks he's better than us!' they say over and over until finally I shout back, 'Shut up, I have something to say!' 

They all go quiet and wait for me to explain myself, redeem myself, pull my shirt out, rejoin the pack. I hold their anticipation for three seconds, and then, while they're all ablaze, I say out loud, 'I do think I'm better.' 

As far as Bani Adam is concerned Punchbowl Boys is the arse end of the earth. Though he's a Leb and they control the school, Bani feels at odds with the other students, who just don't seem to care. He is a romantic in a sea of hypermasculinity. 

Bani must come to terms with his place in this hostile, hopeless world, while dreaming of so much more.

©2019 Michael Mohammed Ahmad (P)2019 Hachette Australia Audio

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"An open-eyed and highly charismatic novel broiling with fight, tenderness and ambition." (Big Issue)

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  • Mark Hampstead
  • 01-01-20

raw and real

A great look at life for arab Australians and the barriers that they and non-arab Australians are presented with, build or reinforce. Heaps of swearing and sexual references, but contextually appropriate and we'll performed. looking forward to the next book Ahmad writes