Booklist 2017: The Reluctant Fundamentalist by Mohsin Hamid

There's a reason why this was shortlisted for Man Booker Prize 2007 - it's a cracking read. It is no small technical feat to write a story in first person whose protagonist you can sympathise with despite holding some offensive views. The way in which Hamid writes positions the reader in the point of view of 'The American' … Continue reading Booklist 2017: The Reluctant Fundamentalist by Mohsin Hamid

First winter race was cold (duh)

Manchester (UK) has a special kind of winter. It arrives early in June for a day or so, realises it's early, then comes back around November and stays until March. It starts to think about leaving April-May and sometimes actually leaves between June-September to make room for Spring / Summer, only to take turns arriving/leaving/arriving … Continue reading First winter race was cold (duh)

Booklist 2017: Throne of the Crescent Moon by Saladin Ahmed

In light of the atrocious Muslim travel ban attempt by the current US administration (ugh), my social media feed was full of protests and condemnations. However there was one article (By Emily Temple on Literary Hub) that caught my eye, not because it was funny or furious, but it was the only thing in the mess … Continue reading Booklist 2017: Throne of the Crescent Moon by Saladin Ahmed