Aminatta Forna was born in Scotland and raised in West Africa and the UK. Her most recent novel The Hired Man is a tale of love, loss, betrayal and war in Croatia. Her previous novel The Memory of Love (April 2010), was winner of the 2011 Commonwealth Writers Prize Best Book Award, shortlisted for the Orange Prize 201, the IMPAC 2012 and the 2011 Warwick Prize.
Aminatta's first book The Devil that Danced on the Water, a memoir of her dissident father and of Sierra Leone, was runner-up for the Samuel Johnson Prize 2003 and BBC Book of the Week. Her novel Ancestor Stones was winner of the 2008 Hurston Wright Legacy Award, the Liberaturpreis in Germany, was nominated for the International IMPAC Award and selected by the Washington Post as one of the most important books of 2006.