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This Green and Pleasant Land


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Timely, humorous and deeply moving. This is the absolute standout new novel by acclaimed author (and 2018 Asian Woman of Achievement nominee) Ayisha Malik

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Ayisha Malik is a writer and editor, living in South London. She holds a BA in English Literature and First Class MA in Creative Writing. Her novels Sofia Khan is Not Obliged and The Other Half of Happiness, starring 'the Muslim Bridget Jones', were met with great critical acclaim. She was a WHSmith Fresh Talent Pick, shortlisted for the Asian Women of Achievement Award and Marie Claire's Future Shapers Awards. Ayisha is also the ghost writer for The Great British Bake Off winner, Nadiya Hussain.


Occasionally a book comes along that perfectly captures the prevailing mood. Ayisha Malik's third novel, about a Muslim family cosily embedded in the heart of middle-class white England, is a witty meditation on race politics, what it means to be British, and the complexities of personal identity. At the heart of this book lies the simple question: who decides to who and what we belong? When Bilal's mother passes, bequeathing him with a death-bed wish that he build a mosque in the green and pleasant village of West Plimpington, she sets off a chain of events that soon brings the entire community to loggerheads. Bilal, a semi-tragic figure undermined by his own wavering convictions, unwittingly finds himself a lightning rod for the outrage of family, friends, colleagues, and, ultimately, all those who view change as threat. With laugh-out-loud moments of absurdist comedy, poignant observations of human nature, and philosophical musings on the wisdom and nature of 'fitting in', this is Malik's best work to date. Satirical, controversial, knowing and essential -- Vaseem Khan
A novel that simmers with tenderness, charm and warmth as well as chilling, creeping dread. Malik's ability to juggle a cast of characters with a variety of nuanced (and at times, alarming) perspectives is a mark of her huge talent as a writer, and her flair for the absurd will come as a delight to fans of the Sofia Khan series. This Green and Pleasant Land is a gorgeous, deeply relevant book that is bound to ruffle a fair few feathers, but the right feathers, and for the right reasons -- Caroline O'Donoghue
I have to say it's not often I read a book as thoughtful, funny, excellently written and importnat as this one. I've always been a fan of Ayisha's writing, but this book takes her work to another level. I really hope this becomes a huge hit, because it deserves to be read by everyone. Witty, insightful, and shot through with pathos, Ayisha Malik's THIS GREEN AND PLEASANT LAND is the prescient tale of Bilal, a middle-class British muslim and his quest to fulfil his mother's dying wish that he builds a mosque in the sleepy English village of Babbel's End. This book is laugh out loud funny, but is so much more than that. It challenges out preconceptions and our prejudices about what it means to be British in today's world. As such, in these turbulent times, it is also an important book. It's Malik's best work to date, and more importantly, for me, it's the standout book of the year. * Abir Mukherjee *
In her strongest novel to date, Ayisha Malik finds the humour and humanity in the interplay between faith and family. Epic. * Nikesh Shukla *
Ayisha Malik has created both an intimate village dramedy and a study of the nature of grief, faith and belonging. This wonderful novel will make you laugh, make you cry and leave a mark on you long after you've finished reading it. * Sarah Shaffi *
I loved Malik's first two novels, Sofia Khan is Not Obliged and its sequel The Other Half of Happiness, but This Green and Pleasant Land is completely different, and more than a pleasant surprise. * Phoenix Magazine *
This Green and Pleasant Land is a clever and thoughtful novel about identity and belonging... the perfect novel for these Brexit-y times that we're living in. * RED magazine *
A gorgeous, funny, smart, uplifting story about seeking unity during times of division. Wish I could prescribe it to the country. * Daisy Buchanan *
An inquiry into faith, identity and the meaning of home. * Guardian *
Malik's wonderfully tender tome is a joy from start to finish. And in the beautifully tragic figure of Khalla Rukshana - a real beacon of hope - Malik has created one of our favourite literary characters of recent times * HEAT Magazine *
A gently satirical and very contemporary tale of family, faith and friendship * Sunday Mirror *
This Green and Pleasant Land slips down like a cup of milky chai * The Times *
Compelling, sweet and deeply real exploration of loyalties, faith and community * Magic FM *
Malik brings her usual humour, warmth and candidness to her third book, making it a perfect summer read * CultureFly *
The author explores issues of faith and identity with a lovely, light, comic touch and gentle wisdom * Saga Magazine *
Ayisha Malik has a way of luring you in with a book that appears to be a comedy of manners and then sucker punching you with something much deeper...Malik's humour is as tender and bittersweet as ever * BookMuse *
A great read with a lot of depth but still entertaining and even silly at times (in a good way). * LibroFullTime *

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