Shortlisted for the Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize 2014.
As one would expect from such a talented writer, this is an intelligent, amusing and intimate novel. Sometimes when you look forward to something too much, you can be disappointed; therefore start with an open mind, so that you can become lost in the narrative and wander the paths of witty repartee.
The two principal protagonists are difficult, damaged males bent into shape by their upbringing. They are surrounded by loving, equally difficult females who contort and twist their lives just that little bit more.
Discover the clever, complicated characters, warts and all; as their hidden depths, secrets and weaknesses are all deftly exposed. There are real moments of wonder to be had at the author's perception and understanding of the human psyche. At times there are fleeting moments of convoluted and difficult text, before the ready wit and story again lyrically sing from the page.
Enjoy the sparring and wordplay as the entire cast battle to have the last word and feel the pain as the two writers strive to have the immortality of everlasting words. ~ Liz Robinson
February 2014 Book of the Month.
Mamoon is an eminent Indian-born writer who has made a career in England - but now, in his early 70s, his reputation is fading, sales have dried up, and his new wife has expensive taste.
Harry, a young writer, is commissioned to write a biography to revitalise both Mamoon's career and his bank balance. Harry greatly admires Mamoon's work and wants to uncover the truth of the artist's life. Harry's publisher seeks a more naked truth, a salacious tale of sex and scandal that will generate headlines. Meanwhile Mamoon himself is mining a different vein of truth altogether. Harry and Mamoon find themselves in a battle of wills, but which of them will have the last word? The ensuing struggle for dominance raises issues of love and desire, loyalty and betrayal, and the frailties of age versus the recklessness of youth.
Closing date: 04/07/2018
Publication date: 23/01/2014
Publisher: Faber & Faber
|Publication date:||23rd January 2014|
|Publisher:||Faber & Faber|
|Genres:||Books of the Month, eBook Favourites, Literary Fiction, Relationship Stories,|
|Categories:||Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945),|
Hanif Kureishi grew up in Kent and studied philosophy at King's College London. His novels include The Buddha of Suburbia, which won the Whitbread Prize for Best First Novel, The Black Album, Intimacy and Something to Tell You. His screenplays include My Beautiful Laundrette, which received an Oscar nomination for Best Screenplay, Sammy and Rosie Get Laid and The Mother.He has also published several collections of short stories. He has been awarded the Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres and been translated into thirty six languages. Photograph © Kier KureishiMore About Hanif Kureishi