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Last updated: 18 may, 2010 - 14:39 GMT

Aminatta Forna discusses her new book The Memory of Love

The Memory of Love is the latest novel of Sierra Leonean and Scottish writer Aminatta Forna, she visited Bush House studios for a chat with the BBC's Bola Mosuro.

Part one - Confronting the past

The lives of the three central characters are interwoven; Elias Cole is an old history professor who taught at a Freetown university before and after Sierra Leone's first coup in 1969.

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Kai Mansaray is dedicated to his profession at Freetown's Central Hospital, but plagued by memories of life before and during the civil war which began in 1991.

He bonds with British psychologist, Adrian who is running from his own demons in the UK.

Part two - Oppression and resistance

The tortuous events of Sierra Leone's history have dominated Forna's writing.

She is the daughter of a former Sierra Leonean cabinet minister and dissident, murdered by the state in 1975.

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And people's reaction to oppression is a major theme through The Memory of Love and Aminatta Forna's previous works.

In this second part of the interview Bola Mosuro asks the author about the audience that she has in mind when she is writing her books.

The Memory of Love is published by Bloomsbury

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