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Published by Head of Zeus, 6 October 2016. ISBN 9781781859216
The Brother starts in Bergort, a rough suburb of Stockholm, where Yasmin and her
younger brother, Fadi, are living in poverty. Their parents are absent most of
the time, either at work or asleep, and the teenagers are left to their own
devices. They spend their time hanging around the streets in gangs but they are
adrift and there is no sense of belonging. Yasmin helps out at the recording
studio and when Fadi and his friends break in using her pass key, Yasmin is
forced to flee Sweden.
Five years on, Yasmin is living in New York with her drug-addict artist
boyfriend, and has landed a top job for an agent in advertising. Although still
feeling guilty for abandoning her brother, she has made no effort to contact
her family since she left. Yasmin hears that Fadi has been killed in Syria.
However she receives an email from her mother, which seems to show Fadi in the
background and leads Yasmin to believe that he is still alive. Under false
pretences, Yasmin persuades her employers to pay for a trip to Sweden so that
she can find the source of the street art they are interested in, while using
it as an opportunity to search for her brother.
Meanwhile, Klara is a Swedish researcher working in London on a
presentation for a summit on the privatisation of policing in Europe. Events in
London leave her feeling that something dangerous is going on and she is not
sure what or who she can trust. When Klara goes to Sweden for the summit the
two story threads entwine and it becomes clear that nothing is as it seems.
This is a dark novel exploring contemporary issues of life in poverty
and the need for acceptance. Fadi is a tragic character drawn in by jihadi propaganda
simply because he is lonely and lost and does not feel he has a future.
The chapters switch between the three viewpoints, Yasmin and Klara, and
retrospectively from Fadi which can be a bit confusing but gives the reader an
understanding of the back story that is integral to the heart of the book.
born in 1975 in Stockholm, Sweden. He was raised in the small town of Söderköping
but, growing up, he also lived in Syria and Israel and was a high-school
exchange student in the USA. After completing his military service in the
Swedish Navy, he studied law at Uppsala University and later earned a PhD in
Law from Maastricht University. Cambridge University Press published his
dissertation, The Application of the Precautionary Principle in Practice, which
was awarded the Rabobank Prize. Zander has worked for the European Parliament
and the European Commission in Brussels, Belgium. He currently lives in Lund,
Sweden, with his wife and two children.
Christine Hammacott lives near Southampton and
runs her own design consultancy. She started her career working in publishing
as a book designer and now creates covers for indie-authors. She writes
page-turning fiction that deals with the psychological effects of crime. Her
debut novel The Taste of Ash was
published in 2015.