Race. Religion. Immigration. Identity.

 

Rare is the news bulletin these days that doesn’t contain reference to one of these hot button topics. But behind the headlines, the day-to-day realities of life for second generation migrants are far more nuanced than the headlines might suggest.

 

Enter novelist Ayisha Malik. The South London-based writer’s bestsellers, Sofia Khan is Not Obliged and The Other Half of Happiness, have already won countless awards and plaudits for their very modern depiction of life as a British Muslim woman. Now, in her third novel, This Green and Pleasant Land, already longlisted for the Diverse Book Awards 2020, she turns her eye to the complexities of integration in rural Britain.

 

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