About the book…
Author: Jamal Orme
Editors: Yosef Smyth and Fatima D’Oyen
Illustrator: Eman Salem
Typesetter: Nasir Cadir
Cover design: Stan Ivanchev
Coordinator: Anwar Cara
Jamal Orme is also “James” to his mum, “Daddy” to his three children, and “that guy who spends too much time on his computer” to his wife. He teaches English for a living, while studying and writing as much as he possibly can.
Jamal reverted to Islam in 2002. As a once active footballer he was, in the main, a beanpole centre-half, after stints of varying length and success as a goalkeeper and a striker. After becoming a class teacher at schools in London, he ran school teams for five years, and for the last two and a half years he has run a football club through his local mosque, attended by boys from both Muslim and non-Muslim families.
To the amusement of all who ask him, Jamal supports Derby County (it’s a family tradition/curse). Therefore any of his writing that depicts football teams enjoying success is derived from his vivid imagination, and in no way based on his own experience.
If you would like to post a comment or initiate a conversation with Jamal about football, fiction, Islam, the trials and tribulations of being a Derby fan, or indeed anything else you feel he could do justice to, please feel more than welcome to do so in the box below.
For the IWA interview with Jamal (Summer 2011), click here
For Jamal’s article about his second Ramadan, click here
…and for a transcript to help negotiate the poor sound quality in the interview, click here!