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Ours are the Streets by Sunjeev Sahota

Ours are the Streets

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Selected by Sarah Broadhurst

An electrifying debut from a talented new writer. A British born Muslim radicalised by a trip to Pakistan writes a diary, of sorts, to explain to his wife and baby why he has decided to die …

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Ours are the Streets by Sunjeev Sahota

When Imtiaz Raina leaves England for the first time, to bury his father on his family's land near Lahore, he exchanges his uncertain life in Sheffield for a road that leads to the mountains of Kashmir and Afghanistan. Once back in Yorkshire, he writes through the night to his young wife Becka and baby daughter Noor, and tries to explain, in a story full of affection and yearning, what has happened to him and why he has a devastating new sense of home.


'Genuine, poignant ...A moral work of real intelligence and power' John Burnside, The Times

'What Sahota creates is not an exploration of the psyche of a suicide bomber, but an exploration of a man' Yorkshire Post

'Startling. This book successfully humanizes one of the great demons of contemporary society, and for that, Sunjeev Sahota should be given a high five off the Queen or something' Dazed and Confused, 'Book of the Month'

'Imtiaz's journey to Pakistan, and his sense of belonging, gives the novel much of its eloquence. Great literary promise' Independent 'Excruciatingly well-written' Guardian

'The book's great force lies in its voice: that of a young man straining to express instincts, fears and emotional conflicts, lending his writing a distinctive vibrancy' Observer

'An acute debut. What is most chilling, and most successful, is that it all seems so familiar, so close and so easy' Sunday Times

About the Author

Sunjeev Sahota

Sunjeev Sahota was born in 1981 in Derbyshire and continues to live in the area. Ours are the Streets is his first novel.

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Publication date

2nd September 2011


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Picador an imprint of Pan Macmillan


320 pages


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Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)



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