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  • Published: 1 September 2010
  • ISBN: 9781407016313
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 352

The Consequences of Love

A gifted young storyteller presents an eye-opening, authentic and terrifying tale of illicit love in Saudi Arabia.

It is summer in Jeddah but Naser's life seems bleak. An immigrant in an unfriendly land, his friends have fled town for cooler climes and left him to his dead-end job and the scrutiny of the religious police, who keep watch through the shaded windows of their government jeeps. He spends his time writing to his mother in Africa and yearning to meet a woman - but in a country that separates men and women with walls and veils he feels increasingly trapped. Then, one of the black-clad women drops a piece of paper at his feet, instructing him to follow her pink shoes and suddenly his black-and-white life blooms into colour.

But relationships between unmarried men and women are illegal under the strict Wahhibism of Saudi state rule - and it's not long before their forbidden love must face the hardest test of all...

  • Published: 1 September 2010
  • ISBN: 9781407016313
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 352

About the author

Sulaiman Addonia

Sulaiman S.M.Y. Addonia was born in Eritrea to an Eritrean mother and an Ethiopian father. He spent his early life in a refugee camp in Sudan following the Om Hajar massacre in 1976, and in his early teens he lived and
studied in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. He has lived in London since 1990. The Consequences of Love is his first novel.

Praise for The Consequences of Love

Heartfelt story of illicit love ... What's so interesting about Addonia's novel, though, is that it shows a man suffering from the consequences of the repression of women ... The frustration and loneliness he experiences living in a male-oriented world are powerfully depicted, as are the inertia, corruption and hypocrisy that flourish when morality is regulated by the state

Literary Review

This tale of forbidden passion is tense and provocative....Compelling

Maire Claire

An intense and moving glimpse into a world where love is an impossible dream


The author allows his indignation to express itself through the thoughts of his characters, making us see their predicament as our own

The Times

Addonia's beautifully written debut is an affecting, gripping, devastating portrait of the claustrophobic, corrupt and insanely inhuman world of Saudi Arabia

Daily Mail

Beautifully written, with an imaginative and poetic narrative style


Details of life in Jeddah and the sense of barely contained passion are compelling

Sunday Times

A dark and evocative testament to desire in an inhumane state


A simple story is elevated by Addonia's mastery of tension

Heather McRobie, Sunday Telegraph

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