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WHO IS SHE?


Saara El-Arifi is the Sunday Times bestselling author of The Final Strife, the first part of a trilogy inspired by her Ghanaian and Arabian heritage. She has lived in many countries, had many jobs and owned many more cats.

She was raised in the Middle East until her formative years, when her family swapped the Abu Dhabi desert for the English Peak District hills. This change of climate had a significant impact on her growth—not physically, she’s nearly 6ft—and she learned what it was to be Black in a white world.

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 currently resides in London, UK, as a full-time procrastinator. 

 

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

Pronouns: She/Her
Pronunciation: SAA-rAA Ella-REEF-ee

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

Credit: Mustafa Raee