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This Green and Pleasant Land

(2019)
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LONGLISTED FOR THE DIVERSE BOOK AWARDS
'Tender, challenging and as warm as it was razor-sharp' Beth O'Leary

'If you've read Joanna Cannon I think you'll love this' Simon Savidge
'A sublimely witty and touching story' Jonathan Coe

The standout new novel by acclaimed author Ayisha Malik - perfect for fans of David Nicholls and Candice Carty-Williams.

In the sleepy village of Babel's End, trouble is brewing.

Bilal Hasham is having a mid-life crisis. His mother has just died, and he finds peace lying in a grave he's dug in the garden. His elderly Auntie Rukhsana has come to live with him, and forged an unlikely friendship with village busybody, Shelley Hawking. His wife Mariam is distant and distracted, and his stepson Haaris is spending more time with his real father.

Bilal's mother's dying wish was to build a mosque in Babel's End, but when Shelley gets wind of this scheme, she unleashes the forces of hell. Will Bilal's mosque project bring his family and his beloved village together again, or drive them apart?

Warm, wise and laugh-out-loud funny, This Green and Pleasant Land is a life-affirming look at love, faith and the meaning of home.

Genre: Historical

Praise for this book

"A gorgeous, funny, smart, uplifting story about seeking unity during times of division. Wish I could prescribe it to the country." - Daisy Buchanan

"At the heart of this book lies the simple question: who decides to who and what we belong? This is Malik's best work to date - satirical, controversial, knowing and essential." - Vaseem Khan

"Thoughtful, funny, excellently written and deserves to be read by everyone . . . it's the standout book of the year." - Abir Mukherjee

"This Green and Pleasant Land, a novel that simmers with tenderness, is a deeply relevant book that is bound to ruffle a fair few feathers, but the right feathers, and for the right reasons." - Caroline O'Donoghue

"In her strongest novel to date, Ayisha Malik finds the humour and humanity in the interplay between faith and family. Epic." - Nikesh Shukla


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June 2019 : UK Hardback
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Title: This Green and Pleasant Land
Author(s): Ayisha Malik
ISBN: 1-78576-754-2 / 978-1-78576-754-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: Zaffre
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September 2020 : UK Paperback
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Title: This Green and Pleasant Land: Longlisted for The Diverse Book Awards 2020
Author(s): Ayisha Malik
ISBN: 1-78576-450-0 / 978-1-78576-450-9 (UK edition)
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June 2019 : UK Paperback
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Title: This Green and Pleasant Land: Longlisted for The Diverse Book Awards 2020
Author(s): Ayisha Malik
ISBN: 1-78576-752-6 / 978-1-78576-752-4 (UK edition)
Publisher: Zaffre
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June 2019 : USA Audio edition
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Title: This Green and Pleasant Land
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June 2019 : Australia Audio edition
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Title: This Green and Pleasant Land
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June 2019 : UK Audio edition
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Title: This Green and Pleasant Land
Author(s): Ayisha Malik
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June 2019 : Australia, UK Kindle edition
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Title: This Green and Pleasant Land: Longlisted for The Diverse Book Awards 2020
Author(s): Ayisha Malik
Publisher: Zaffre
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