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The Flying Man by Roopa Farooki

The Flying Man

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August 2012 Book of the Month.

A beautifully written, evocative story of the life of an utterly selfish, dishonest, lazy, loveable rogue. Born in Pakistan, Maqil, this born survivor, quickly finds his charm and good looks will get him a long way provided he doesn’t get hung up on morals or deserting loved ones. But your past will always catch up with you in the end. With its vivid language and colourful descriptions it was deservedly longlisted for the Orange Prize 2012 and is well worth a read.

If you like Roopa Farooki you might also like to read books by Jhumpa Lahiri, Neel Mukherjee and Priya Basil.


The Flying Man by Roopa Farooki

Meet Maqil - also known as Mike, Mehmet, Mikhail and Miguel - a chancer and charlatan. A criminally clever man who tells a good tale, trading on his charm and good looks, reinventing himself with a new identity and nationality in each successive country he makes his home, abandoning wives and children and careers in the process. He's a compulsive gambler - driven to lose at least as much as he gains, in games of chance, and in life. A damaged man in search of himself. From the day he was delivered in Lahore, Pakistan, alongside his stillborn twin, he proved he was a born survivor. He has been a master of flying escapes, from Cairo to Paris, from London to Hong Kong, humbled by love, outliving his peers, and ending up old and alone in a budget hotel in Biarritz some eighty years later. His chequered history is catching up with him: his tracks have been uncovered and his latest wife, his children, his creditors and former business associates, all want to pin him down. But even at the end, Maqil just can't resist trying it on; he's still playing his game, and the game won't be over until it's been won.


'One thing will always stand out when it matters: the author's voice. And Farooki has one to be proud of'
Independent on Sunday

'Farooki manages the emotional minefield with humour and compassion'
The Times

'One of the brightest young British authors to have emerged in recent years'

'Ms Farooki creates the strong suspicion that she could tell a story about any type of people'
New York Times

About the Author

Roopa Farooki

Roopa Farooki was born in Lahore in Pakistan, and brought up in London. She graduated from New College, Oxford in 1995 and worked in advertising before turning to write fiction. Roopa now lives in North London and South West France with her husband, twin baby girls and two sons. Bitter Sweets, her first novel, was nominated for the Orange Award for new Writers 2007. Roopa's novels have been published internationally and translated into a dozen languages.

Author photo © Phil Richards

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16th August 2012


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368 pages


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