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Saara El-Arifi is the Sunday Times bestselling author of The Final Strife and The Battle Drum, the first two installments of The Ending Fire Trilogy inspired by her Ghanaian and Sudanese heritage.


El-Arifi knew she was a storyteller from the moment she told her first lie. Over the years, she has perfected her tall tales into epic ones. She has lived in many countries, had many jobs, and owned many more cats. After a decade of working in marketing and communications, she returned to academia to complete a master’s degree in African studies alongside her writing career. She currently resides in London as a full-time procrastinator.

Picture of Saara El-Arifi, a black woman looking up at the sky

Pronouns: She/Her
Pronunciation: sAH-rUH Eh-lah-REE-fee

Credit: Mustafa Raee

Watercolour stain of white paint
Watercolour drawing of a book with flags flying out, including Ghana, Turkey, Sudan, Yemen and UK
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