Good Muslim Boy


Good Muslim Boy published by Hardie Grant Books; Cover design by Mark Campell; Weaving by Cathy Tipping

WINNER of the 2016 New South Wales Premier’s Literary Awards

HIGHLY COMMENDED at the 2016 Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards

WINNER of the 2015 International Golden Phoenix Award for contribution to Iraqi Culture in diaspora

ADAPTED FOR THE STAGE for Malthouse Theatre Company (Melbourne) and Queensland Theatre (Brisbane)

“You’ll never know whether to laugh or cry but it’s guaranteed to move you.”Daily Review

“In the (over)crowded field of post-9/11 memoirs, Good Muslim Boy stands out from the pack for its success in rendering the strange as familiar, and the familiar as deeply strange.”The Australian

“Sami is a master of comic writing, particularly in the candid depictions of his adolescent misadventures and the culture shocks he later experiences in his new homeland.  Equally, Sami does not shy from describing the horrors of war and death, and he does so with raw and sometimes unflinching honesty.  An inspiring account of survival, Good Muslim Boy is a beautifully written memoir that offers a powerful and hopeful message of love, understanding and universal humanity.” NSW Premier’s Literary Award judging panel

“Amongst the drama and tragedy, the author manages to insert much laugh-out-loud humour.”Australian Muslim Times

“It’s an astonishing story, and one that captures the complexity of grief. Not just the anguish, but the confusion, numbness, and the oscillation between the surreal and the hyper-real.” – Sydney Morning Herald

“Good Muslim Boy is an entertaining book that provides a light-hearted read on what is essentially a serious and confronting account of what comes with seeking a better life in Australia… Sami expertly navigates such terrain with wit and candour.”Right Now

“It’s the kind of book you read with your mouth open, amazed that it’s all true.” – The Age

“I finished this book feeling so elated, and perhaps some of that came from the fact that I wasn’t expecting this to be such an incredible story. A well-written, funny and moving memoir, Good Muslim Boy is a must-read. Five stars.” Middle Chapter Book Review

“Good Muslim Boy is a superbly hilarious read that will make you realise that even the most religious place can be filled with testosterone and even an imam’s son can get upto no good while maintaining his father’s affections. Terrific..”– The Herald Sun

“The structure and stories are masterfully realized.”– ABC Radio

“It is fu**ing brilliant. Funny, moving, gripping, humane, wicked. This is a  ‘must read’.” – Tony Ayres (Award-winning Director, Producer and Writer)

“…This one was extraordinary. Osamah is a master writer when it comes to the mix of the raw and poetic…” –Dee McLachlan (Award-winning Director, Producer and Writer)

“The fact that these events are true beggars belief… We need someone in the world to be our yardstick, a benchmark by which we may assess our own gaffes and shortcomings. Osamah is our man.” – Andrew Knight (Award-winning Writer/ Producer)


Featured at:

Asia-Pacific Writers & Translators Festival
Brisbane Writers Festival
Byron Bay Writers Festival
Melbourne Writers Festival
Perth Writers Festival
 Literary Festival
Sydney Writers Festival
The Wheelers Centre
Ubud Writers & Readers Festival
World Refugee Week