Dubai-based author Avni Doshi shortlisted for 2020 Booker Prize 

“Burnt Sugar” is US-Indian Doshi’s first novel. (Supplied)
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Updated 15 September 2020

Dubai-based author Avni Doshi shortlisted for 2020 Booker Prize 

DUBAI: Dubai-based author Avni Doshi has been shortlisted for this year’s Booker Prize for her book “Burnt Sugar,” organizers of the coveted British literary award announced on Tuesday. 

“Burnt Sugar” is US-Indian Doshi’s first novel, a story of love and betrayal — not between lovers, but between a mother and her daughter.

She joined the longlist in July and shortly after the announcement was made, she expressed her excitement on Instagram writing: “This is wild.” 

Doshi is among three other debut novelists, Diane Cook, Douglas Stuart and Brandon Taylor, who will be competing for the $63,000 literary prize. The two other nominees are authors Tsitsi Dangarembga and Maaza Mengiste.



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Well wishes poured in to congratulate Doshi.

“Huge and happy congratulations to each of these brilliant shortlisted novelists - and some extra ones to extra-brilliant @avnidoshi and her savage, seductive debut ‘Burnt Sugar,’” tweeted one user.

Another wrote: “*Crying* Congratulations @avnidoshi, you totally deserve this. ‘Burnt Sugar’ is so, so good.”

The prize, subject to intense speculation and a flurry of betting, usually brings the victor, who will be announced in November, a huge boost in sales and profile.

Amina Muaddi to launch handbag collection

Updated 17 September 2020

Amina Muaddi to launch handbag collection

DUBAI: Jordanian-Romanian footwear designer Amina Muaddi revealed on Thursday that she is expanding her business with a new handbag collection that will launch in October.

The Paris-based designer — beloved by celebrities — told her 573,000 Instagram followers that her new line will be called Aminis.

She shared a series of images of the new bags being manufactured. According to her shots, her rectangular purses will be available in a range of different colors — including purple, black and silver – and sizes. The handles are adorned will be adorned with crystals, some plain, others with a variety of colors.

Muaddi already has a well-established brand — famous for its signature flared heels — that has garnered a loyal following of famous fans, including Dua Lipa, Gigi Hadid, Kylie Jenner, Kendall Jenner and Hailey Baldwin Bieber.

Her most famous collaboration is the limited-edition footwear capsule collection with multi-hyphenate superstar Rihanna’s Fenty, which dropped in July.

Rihanna tapped Muaddi to design a collection of shoes for her luxury maison back in December. The news wasn’t all that surprising, considering that the singer-turned-designer has been a longtime fan of Muaddi. 

The designer’s eye-catching shoes also previously featured in Rihanna's Savage x Fenty show at New York Fashion Week.