As part of the very first South Asian Literary Festival, we bring three fantastic authors to talk about 'Writing Families'. Families form the foundation of south asian life and community, and here are three authors who have written about intergenerational love and conflict, and families in all their complexity. How can we represent familial relationships in fiction?


The panel will consist of Shahnaz Ahsan, Anita Goveas and Ingrid Persaud

- Friday 29th May, 11am

You can order Hashim & Family by Shahnaz Ahsan here, but please allow 7 to 10 days before delivery.

Shahnaz Ahsan is an award-winning writer of short stories and has written a screenplay set in her hometown of Keighley. Her articles on issues of multiculturalism, race, religion and society have appeared in national daily newspapers and online magazines.


It is New Year's Eve, 1960. Hashim has left behind his homeland and his bride, Munira, to seek his fortune in England. His cousin and only friend, Rofikul, introduces Hashim to life in Manchester - including Rofikul's girlfriend, Helen. When Munira arrives, the group must learn what it is to be a family.


Over the next twenty years, they make their way in the new country - putting down roots and building a home. But when war breaks out in East Pakistan, the struggle for liberation and the emergence of Bangladesh raises questions about identity, belonging and loyalty.


Hashim & Family is a story of family ties, of migration and of a connection to home, and is the debut of an extraordinary new talent.


Publisher: John Murray Press 
ISBN: 9781473665224 

Hashim & Family (Hardback)


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