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Stories that matter

Afsana Press is an independent publishing house producing sparkling literary works by authors whose stories have a direct relation to social, political or cultural issues in countries and communities around the world

Two men sit on rocks on a beach, looking at the sea and the sky.

Winter Sun

By Miki Lentin


A novel depicting a spiky father-son relationship tested to its limits on their last holiday together. 


A nine-day winter break in Tenerife. Nothing is quite good enough. A son tries in vain to ask his ailing, elderly Irish Jewish father questions about their past before it’s too late.


The absurdity and hilarity of family holidays in the sun are brought to life in this sharp and fiercely honest novel that crosses borders, carrying the reader on a tide of childhood pain, a search for identity, and growth. Find out more 


Oh, Sugar

By Jane Labous


Out on 25 September 2024

When disgraced journalist Dolly Fontaine discovers that her mother, the seventies film star Gloria Fontaine, was a spy recruited by the British Intelligence Services to ensnare a ruthless Lusenkan dictator, past and present collide with dangerous consequences.


In the wake of a political scandal that shatters her high-flying career, journalist Dolly Fontaine seeks refuge at her childhood home, Genévrier, where her mysterious mother, the celebrated seventies film star, Gloria Fontaine, lived for decades. Find out more 

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Whispering Walls

By Choman Hardi

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The U.S. invasion of Iraq is looming. Three siblings – two in London, one in Slemany – recall their troubled pasts. Stories of war, displacement, and coming to terms with the tragedies of a Kurdish family, all told from the siblings' varying perspectives. 


Torn between two countries and various life stories, the siblings find themselves dealing with complex life choices, and the mystery of their sister’s suicide 22 years ago.


Whispering Walls is a story of love, relationships, affection and hope, with a cautious view of the future. Find out more

A glass wall goes diagonally through the cover, a boy standing on one side in a desert. An old man on the other side.

The Glass Wall

By Goran Baba Ali

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The story of a teenage refugee who must re-live the pain of his past to enter a land waiting behind a glass wall. 

Will his story be convincing enough to guarantee his safety?

A story of struggle and persecution, yet abundant in hope, The Glass Wall is a clear-eyed, emotionally honest account of displaced people – illustrating the true hardship that refugees experience. Find out more

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Past Participle

By Jane Labous

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A troubled Senegalese lawyer investigates her brother's death, three decades ago in Dakar, at the hands of a British diplomat's wife.


Dakar, Senegal, 1987: On a rainy night after a wild party, the British ambassador’s wife, Vivienne Hughes, is involved in a car crash. Her vehicle hits the motorbike of a young Senegalese doctor, Aimé Tunkara, killing him. Three decades later, Aimé’s little sister, Lily Tunkara, now a high-flying lawyer in Dakar, finds a photograph that compels her to investigate what really happened that rainy night. Find out more 

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Inner Core

By Miki Lentin

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Death, anxiety, masculinity, family and children, social good - and rocks. All things that touch the life of a middle-aged man.


In these stories, written over the past two years, author Miki Lentin goes in search of a rock with his child in Ireland, travels sleep-deprived to Istanbul with his wife, recounts memories of Dublin, and explores what it means to do good in society today.


All told with Lentin’s minimalist tone, Inner Core portrays his life on the edge. Find out more

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