Two Boys from Aden College

The two former friends are brought back together in Sana’a, then in northern Yemen, where the shooting of a burglar by a rich man leads to a clash between the two men.  Ahmad’s forensic skills lead him to accuse one of the president’s in-laws of murder, while Hasan decides to protect the rich sheikh and jail his previous friend.

"Two Boys from Aden College is a wonderful book filled with drama, politics, passion, history and love.  Of the two books by Ghanem that I read it is my favourite."  

     - review by Apt 613

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  • The novel would - if I have my way – be a component of the curricula at Yemeni Universities in the faculties of English, sociology, psychology and even politics. ”

    - Abdulla Al-Sayyari, Professor of Medicine King Saud bin Abdulaziz University for Health Sciences Head, Division of Nephrology & Renal Transplantation, King Abdulaziz Medical City, Riyadh
  • Two Boys from Aden College is a wonderful book filled with drama, politics, passion, history and love. ”

    - Review by Alejandro Bustos, Ottawa, Canada
  • Two Boys from Aden College deserves a much wider readership than its title would suggest that it will attract. It will resonate with many who migrated to find work or who received life-changing higher education abroad and could not return or returned but could not adapt. ”

    - Dr Adel Aulaqi, London, UK
  • This fictional story of Two Boys from Aden College describes beautifully the dilemma faced by two friends thrown into a world completely alien to their conservative culture. Arriving in the UK in the 60’s they are faced with challenges they had never experienced. The 60’s was a time of new previously unheard of sexual freedom and both boys in different ways indulge in what is on offer. Hassan on the surface follows his faith religiously but hypocritically enjoys extra marital sex. His character is already in training for his future successful life based on greed and corruption. ”

    - Liz Robertson, Edinburgh, Scotland
  • I very much enjoyed reading Dr Qais Ghanem’s new novel, Two Boys From Aden College. The story and dialogue are very well written, with detailed descriptions and straightforward expressions. Qais took me some fifty years back to the good old days of Aden College and then Liverpool School of Medicine. He reminded me so much of my early days in the University students hostel, as if he was living in the room next door. ”

    - Dr. Abdulla Nasher, former Ambassador of Yemen in Ottawa, Canada
  • In reading TWO BOYS FROM ADEN COLLEGE, I had to delve deeply into the personality of the author, the physician, the man, Dr. Qais Ghanem; because everyone who excels has his own special personality which leaves its finger prints on his creations, however much he tries to avoid that. For in the end he is only human. That is why I enjoyed reading his book, and learning so much about his personality, his intelligence, his aspirations, his achievements, as well as his failures. However I will tell him about these, if and when I meet him in person. ”

    - Tahani Shihab, UAE, originally from Yemen


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Qais Ghanem was born in Aden, at the time a British colony, now part of Yemen. He has lived in Britain, USA, Qatar, The United Arab Emirates, and moved to Canada 45 years ago. He dedicates much of his time to human rights and gender equality, and his novels, based on real or imaginary events in Yemen, are all about gender equality and human rights for all.