Two Sisters


One morning in October 2013, 19-year-old Ayan Juma and her 16-year-old sister Leila left their family home in Oslo. Later that day they sent an email to their parents saying how they had decided to travel to Syria. They’d been planning for months. By the time their desperate father Sadiq tracks them to Turkey, they have already crossed the border. But Sadiq is determined to find them. What follows is the gripping, heartbreaking story of a family ripped apart. While Sadiq risks his own life to bring his daughters back, at home his wife Sara begins to question their life in Norway. How could her children have been radicalised without her knowledge? How can she protect her two younger sons from the same fate. The author – with the complete support of the Juma family – followed the story from the beginning, through its many dramatic twists and turns.



‘Åsne Seierstad is the supreme non-fiction writer of her generation … Two Sisters isn’t only the story of how a pair of teenage girls became radicalised but an unsparing portrait of our own society – of its failings and its joys’ Luke Harding

On 17 October 2013, teenage sisters Ayan and Leila Juma left their family home near Oslo, seemingly as usual. Later that day they sent an email to their unsuspecting parents, confessing they were on their way to Syria. They had been planning the trip for months in secret.

Åsne Seierstad – working closely with the family – followed the story through its many dramatic twists and turns. This is, in part, a story about Syria. But most of all it is a story of what happens to apparently ordinary people when their lives are turned upside down by conflict and tragedy.

‘A masterpiece and a masterclass in investigative journalism’ Christina Lamb, Sunday Times

‘Meticulously documented, full of drama … this is a tale fluently told, and a thriller as well’ Kate Adie, Literary Review

‘A masterwork. Brilliantly conceived, scrupulously reported and beautifully written, this book is compulsive reading’ Jon Lee Anderson

Additional information

Weight 0.36 kg
Dimensions 19.8 × 12.6 × 3.6 cm

Seierstad, ?sne












363.325130922 (edition:23)


General – Trade / Code: K


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