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Summary

Shortlisted for the Costa First Novel Award 2020.

Your roots can always lead you home....

Amjad cradles his baby daughter in the middle of the night. He has no time to mourn his wife’s death. Saahil and Zahra, his two small children, are relying on him. Amjad vows to love and protect them always.

Years later, Saahil and his best friend, Ehsan, have finished university and are celebrating with friends. But when the night turns dangerous, its devastating effects will ripple through the years to come.

Zahra’s world is alight with politics and activism. But she is now her father’s only source of comfort, and worries she’ll never have time for her own aspirations. Life has taken her small family in different directions – will they ever find their way back to each other?

The Family Tree is the moving story of a British Muslim family full of love, laughter and resilience as well as all the faults, mistakes and stubborn loyalties which make us human.

©2019 Sairish Hussain (P)2019 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

Critic reviews

"I absolutely loved it. it manages to be both unflinching and full of hope; the writing is compassionate and true." (Stephanie Butland, author of Lost for Words)

"Poignantly paints the extraordinary in ordinary lives. A brilliant first book from Hussain." (The Sunday Post

"An evocative portrayal of love and family." (Ayisha Malik)

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Beautifully non stereotypical south Asian story

Be prepared for many tears and some funny moments. Beautifully written, set in yorkshire, if your from Yorkshire listen out for the clues of which town! Love how the author tackles issues present in Asian families, but stays current and does not stereotype. You will want to know where the characters end up and what is happening next, completed this book very quick!

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Fantastic story
Lots of twists and unexpected side stories that all enrol together. Beautiful narrative.

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An excellent read from a debut novelist.

I absolutely loved this book.
It touches on so many important issues. As a white british male, I really enjoyed reading a story about a modern british muslim family, with strong characters in each generation. I recommend the book for anyone to read and will definitely read the author's next novel.

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Heart wrenching and uplifting too.

What a beautiful and tragic story about a wonderful and loving family. I really enjoyed the change in perspective, how you’d have a chapter from different characters. I also really liked the dates given periodically as there were jumps in the timeline. Really lovely story.

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Grippingly unusual story about a British Muslim family

Overall I really enjoyed this book. The narrator had a perfect northern and Pakistani accent which reminded me of bradford Muslims. The story was about a typical family who have more than their fair share of tragedy and the impact of that, on them, touching on many themes that are common knowledge of British Muslims. The story had me gripped but I did find some of it unbelievable!