Boochani Appointed Visiting Professor

Behrouz Boochani, whose NO FRIEND BUT THE MOUNTAINS has won numerous awards and been published in both Europe and North America, as well as in Australia, has been given a three-year appointment as a  visiting professor at the Birkbeck School of Law of the Univerity of London. (As he is still detained in Papua New…

Behrouz Is Off Manus!

News about NO FRIEND BUT THE MOUNTAINS author Behrouz Boochani. As of 2 September 2019, Behrouz is off Manus Island and being held on Port Moresby. His agent, Jane Novak, says: “We expect that the detention centre/prison camp will be closed within a week or two with all remaining men being transferred to Port Moresby….

Yet Another Prize for Boochani!

Behrouz Boochani’s NO FRIEND BUT THE MOUNTAINS has won the State Library of New South Wales’ 2019 National Biography Award! The award, worth AU$ 25,000, was announced on 12 August. The judges praised NO FRIEND BUT THE MOUNTAINS for its ‘poetic and epic writing’, calling it ‘profoundly important, an astonishing act of witness and testament…

Cover Reveal Boochani in France

We are very pleased to share the striking cover for the forthcoming French edition of NO FRIEND BUT THE MOUNTAINS by Behrouz Boochani! TEMOINAGE D’UNE ÎLE-PRISON will be published in France on 17 October by Hugo Publishing. Behrouze Boochani is now entering his seventh year in detention on Manus Island.

How Many More Refugees Must Die?

    After the recent Australian election, Behrouz Boochani, Kurdish-Iranian author of NO FRIEND BUT THE MOUNTAINS and a refugee imprisoned on Manus Island for the past six years, writes that he has never seen the prisoners so depressed. In just the past few weeks, there have been at least 26 suicide attempts or acts…

NO FRIEND BUT THE MOUNTAINS Wins Another Australian Award!

A special award of $10,000 was made to Manus Island refugee Behrooz Boochani for his book No Friend but the Mountains: Writing from Manus Prison (Picador) at the 2019 NSW Premier’s Literary Awards yesterday.  Boochani’s book was not eligible for the regular awards, which require that authors be Australian citizens. The book won the top prize at the Victorian…

NO FRIEND BUT THE MOUNTAINS Sold in France

After a spirited auction, Behrouz Boochani’s award-winning NO FRIEND BUT THE MOUNTAINS has been acquired in France by Editions Hugo, who plan to publish in the autumn. 

Behrouz Boochani Wins Australia’s Richest Literary Prize!

  NO FRIEND BUT THE MOUNTAINS, Kurdish-Iranian journalist Behrouz Boochani’s memoir of life as a detainee on Manus Island’s detention camp (on Papua New Guinea) for more than five years, has won both the Victorian Premier’s Literary Prize 2019 for Literature and for Non-fiction.     The combined value of the two prizes is AU$125,000.   Previously, Behrouz had won Amnesty International Australia’s 2017…