Naomi Hamill (a published student)
August 2017
Salt Publishing

About the publication

How to be a Kosovan Bride opens up something entirely new to the reader: the history, culture and stories of one of the newest countries in the world. It weaves together Albanian folktale, stories of Kosovan experience of the war in 1999 and a look into the lives of modern-day Kosovan women.

The dark undercurrent of Albanian blood feuds underpins a story about the impact of war and the way that new life can emerge from darkness.

It is characterised by striking imagery and daring form.


‘At once forensic and elegiac, How To Be a Kosovan Bride tells its stories with exquisite subtlety and power.’

Livi Michael

‘★★★★★ Hamill's writing is nothing short of extraordinary. She writes in a style scarcely encountered in fiction, addressing the reader as 'you' throughout the novel, and thus managing to make us feel unnerved that we have not done more to liberate women like the Returned Girl and the Kosovan Wife. This guilt adds to the sympathy we already feel for the protagonists, with their lack of names and characteristics failing to stop us connecting with them. The stories of the recent war are equally harrowing, and once again, the lack of the specific names of those they feature only serves to make them more moving, as we realise they could have been experienced by almost anyone who suffered through the conflict.’

Luke Marlowe, The Bookbag