By Khaled Hosseini, Illustrated by Dan Williams, Hardback with dust jacket, 48 pages
A short, powerful, illustrated book written by beloved novelist Khaled Hosseini in response to the current refugee crisis, Sea Prayer is composed in the form of a letter, from a father to his son, on the eve of their journey.
'The book may be brief, but it is beautiful, poetic - a distillation of his strengths' – Sunday Times
Watching over his sleeping son, the father reflects on the dangerous sea-crossing that lies before them. It is also a vivid portrait of their life in Homs, Syria, before the war, and of that city's swift transformation from a home into a deadly war zone.
Impelled to write this story by the haunting image of young Alan Kurdi, the three-year-old Syrian boy whose body washed up on the beach in Turkey in September 2015, Hosseini hopes to pay tribute to the millions of families, like Kurdi's, who have been splintered and forced from home by war and persecution, and he will donate author proceeds from this book to the UNHCR (the UN Refugee Agency) and The Khaled Hosseini Foundation to help fund life-saving relief efforts to help refugees around the globe.
About the author:
Khaled Hosseini is one of the most widely read writers in the world, with more than fifty-five million copies of his novels sold worldwide in more than seventy countries. Hosseini is also a Goodwill Envoy to the UNHCR, and the founder of The Khaled Hosseini Foundation, a nonprofit that provides humanitarian assistance to the people of Afghanistan
Dan Williams has 25 years of experience as a professional illustrator. During this time he has worked with a varied, eclectic range of clients, including Bloomsbury, The Design Council, The Guardian, National Geographic, New York Magazine, United Airlines, Wall Street Journal and Rolling Stone.