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This Green and Pleasant Land

(2019)
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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.

For years Bilal Hasham and his wife, Mariam, have lived contented, quiet lives in the sleepy rural village of Babbel's End. Now all that is about to change.

On her deathbed, Bilal's mother reaches for his hand. Instead of whispering her final prayers, she gives him a task: build a mosque in his country village.

Mariam is horrified by Bilal's plan. His friends and neighbours are unnerved. As outrage sweeps Babbel's End, battle lines are drawn. His mother's dying wish reveals deeper divisions in their village than Bilal had ever imagined.

Soon Bilal is forced to choose between community and identity, between faith and friendship, between honouring his beloved mother's last wish and preserving what is held dear in the place that he calls home.

Genre: Historical

Praise for this book

"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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Hardback Editions

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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Paperback Editions

June 2019 : UK Paperback
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Title: This Green and Pleasant Land: 'The standout book of the year' Abir Mukherjee
Author(s): Ayisha Malik
ISBN: 1-78576-752-6 / 978-1-78576-752-4 (UK edition)
Publisher: Zaffre Publishing
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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: 'The standout book of the year' Abir Mukherjee
Author(s): Ayisha Malik
Publisher: Zaffre
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