Between Before and After

A memoir by Edita Mujkić.

ISBN: 9780645309959 | Trade orders please contact us here.  

Genre: Fiction | Memoir

Between Before and After Synopsis: 

A multiple award-winning memoir, including being shortlisted for Lakeland Book of the Year…

In May 1992 Edita Mujkić fled war-torn Sarajevo with two young children, in a borrowed car, with two bags and fifty American dollars in her pocket.

Her husband Goran stayed behind, trapped in the impenetrable siege. He wasn’t allowed to leave. They believed it was only for a couple of months. After five months of waiting for Goran in Split, Croatia, Edita and her children moved to Penrith in Cumbria, Northern England.

Many more months went by while Goran’s every attempt to escape failed. Edita knew she had to help him. But how? What could she do with her broken English, without money and contacts, and two children to look after by herself?

She explored every option, but every idea seemed fruitless until one day the puzzle pieces seemed to fall into their places, and Australia beckoned.

A moving and compelling true story about the power of courage and love. A deeply human story that reminds us of the endless challenges of war, displacement and of fleeing conflict. It’s also a story of hope and the profound difference that a simple act of kindness can make.


Edita Mujkić has been appointed as a national ambassador for the Refugee Council of Australia. More details here.

Between Before and After is the Winner of The Bookends Prize for People & Business, and Runner Up in The Hunter Davies Lakeland Book of the Year 2023.  Lakeland Book of the Year celebrates top quality writing inspired by the Lake District, Cumbria.

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Reviews for Between Before and After by Edita Mujkic:

“A beautiful, tender book about war and loss – and the triumph of two people’s love for each other and their children. A story for our times. It will make your spirits soar.”

Michael Cathcart, ABC Radio National

Between Before and After is the story of one woman’s patience, resilience and finding joy amidst the suffering of war – a transcendental and wise book about exile and the power of enduring love.”

Alice Pung

“A haunting, deeply moving memoir that journeys from war-torn Sarajevo to suburban Melbourne via England. A remarkable story of family, love, loss and separation, illuminating the tragic human consequences of ethno-nationalism, and serving as a warning for our own polarised times.”

Angela Smith, non-fiction writer and poet

“An intricately painted depiction of a vanished place and time, an epic love story capable of withstanding atrocities as well as a clear-eyed study of the cruelty and the kindness of strangers, Between Before and After is a book that will break your heart but will also restore your faith in the resourcefulness and the capacity for renewal of the human soul. Powerful and completely absorbing.

Lee Kofman

“Between Before and After is a harrowing memoir that piqued my interest from the moment I read the short story, ‘Courage’. The writing breathes life into every place in the book, and grounds the reader in the ever-changing day-to-day of Edita, making for quite a gripping read.”

Nita Delgado, Editor

“If, like me, you have been sitting at home watching the news and trying to imagine what it is like to be living your life, studying, working, raising a family, and then suddenly be in a city under siege with all the danger and uncertainty of a war, then you need to read this book…Edita is a talented writer and has managed to tell her personal story in an entertaining and thrilling way. There is a real art to not just tell an amazing story, but to write it in a way that is so great to read.”

Rebecca, Reviewer @rebecca.b.reading

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Like to learn more about Edita Mujkić? Visit her Hawkeye author page here.

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Edita Mujkic – Author of Between Before and After | Location: Melbourne

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4 comments to “Between Before and After”

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  1. Debbie - March 21, 2022 Reply

    A beautiful true story of hope, resilience, love, and the kindness of strangers. Compelling reading and a real page turner that could not be put down.

    • Carolyn Martinez - March 25, 2022 Reply

      Hi Debbie, Thank you for sharing your thoughts with us. Much appreciated! Kind regards, Carolyn Hawkeye

  2. Susan Gillham - January 18, 2023 Reply

    “A very well written and inspiring story of a family suddenly trapped under bombardment in 1992 in Sarajevo. Very relevant with so much suffering in Ukraine at present. It was a privilege to read of Edita’s struggle to get Goran from Sarajevo after her own escape. As with so many millions of people subjected to dominant and deluded bullies forcing their fellow humans to conform over the centuries, their civilised life as they knew it ended, and those who survive leave everything behind and start life in another country. Susan Gillham”

  3. Gordon Grayson - February 22, 2023 Reply

    Dear Edita, thank you for writing your book ‘Between, Before and After’. Most of us in Australia have no idea what you, and so many others, have gone through. We are so much better off with you and your family here. Congratulations on your book!

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