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East of Hounslow

Narrated by: Waleed Akhtar
Series: Jay Qasim, Book 1
Length: 10 hrs and 51 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (79 ratings)

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Summary

Meet Jay.
Small-time dealer.
Accidental jihadist.
The one man who can save us all?

Javid - call him Jay - is a dope dealer living in West London. He goes to mosque on Friday, and he's just bought his pride and joy - a BMW. He lives with his mum, and life seems sweet.

But his world is about to turn upside-down. Because MI5 have been watching him, and they think he's just the man they need for a delicate mission.

One thing's for sure: now he's a long way east of Hounslow, Jay's life will never be the same again.

With the edgy humour of Four Lions and the pulse-racing tension of Nomad, East of Hounslow is the first in a series of thrillers starring Jay Qasim.

©2017 Khurrum Rahman (P)2017 HarperCollins

Critic reviews

"A brilliant thriller. You'd be mad not to buy this." (Ben Aaronovitch)
"Excellent book. Phenomenal writing." (BA Paris)

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Great book

I really enjoyed this book. Some light hearted moments on what is a very serious subject.
Engaging narrator and good characters.

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Pacy thriller - effortless writing

Loved this - great characters and dialogue - evoked Elmore Leonard ..great debut novel from Khurrum👍

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What a unexpected delight.

I initially found the narration a little difficult, but soon got used to it and found it added to the story. Our 'hero' was a completely believable character, living just outside the law. The story raised many questions about society, but not in a preachy way. I was completely caught up in his adventures and began to see how young people could be swayed by powerful rhetoric. The ending took me completely by surprise. I can't recommend this book enough, the best I've listened to in a while.

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excellent

Bought on a whim but thoroughly enjoyed it. Have now just bought the sequel.

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Excellent!

Funny, sad, eye opening, saddening, entertaining, positive, educational....

Throughly enjoyed this book. Looking forward to more from the author!

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East of Everywhere

Yes, this book is from an unfamiliar author with an unfamiliar concept, however, stay with the unfolding story. I found myself realising that this was not just East of Hounslow, but East of Everywhere.
Slowly I appreciated that I needed to take stock of my preconceptions. This was done by the clever placement of Jay in a series of his situations, using his eyes and ears to make me think.
The author has done well to earn a place on the book awards shortlist and I’m sure we’ll hear more good things from his pen / keyboard regularly in the future.

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On point and relevant..just a little polish needed

Had to persevere to get into it, but once engaged its gripping enough.
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  • 04-03-20

Interesting lead character and kept us gripped

We enjoyed this a lot. Loved the performance - the narrator did a great job with all of the characters and really brought them alive. An interesting and unusual story with an engaging lead character, although we did find the ending a bit sad.

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Rate what?

The narration stops at the second chapter. Abruptly although I paid for the whole audio book!

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Jay's fun. The story's just okay, but I enjoyed it

I loved the first phase of this book, where we were meeting Jay as a character and figuring out how he fit into London. Waleed Akhtar read the character perfectly in this section, and you could hear Jay's blend of nerves and swagger in his voice.

The rest of the story didn't click so well with me, but it was still a fun enough listen.

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  • Mark
  • 02-10-19

I bought this book on spec

I bought this book on spec and found it a bit hard going. Not because it was poorly written but because I found narrator Waleed Akhtar's accent grated. I understand the accent may be intended to lend authenticity to the story but I found it detracted from the overall enjoyment of the book. The plot was based on an interesting and all too realistic concept and contained enough credibility and surprises to keep me listening. I would be happy to try a similar or better effort from Khurrum Rahman with a different narrator. This one goes into the second tier of my library.

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  • Zeta
  • 27-03-19

Terrific story! Such a good read.

Main character Jay Kasim is so funny and engaging. I loved tagging along with him. Rahman is a great storyteller .great characters. Great plot. The narrator is wonderful. I hated for the book to end!

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  • Anne
  • 13-01-18

A mixed bag

I found the story less suspenseful than it should have been - seemed a little directionless at times. The social context was interesting and well conveyed. The reader was good, but the clear sense of character he conveyed in the first person sections, made the switch to third person in the same voice confusing. The ending was very clunky.

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  • P. Terrington
  • 16-05-19

Brilliant narration

I don't do many written reviews, so it has to be something special to get me typing. And it is. Waleed Akhtar did not just tell this story, he performed it in such a way as to make it seem as if he really was the main character in the book. Excellent.

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