The Family Tree
Date: February 2020
Duration: 15 hours 34 minutes
SHORTLISTED FOR THE PORTICO PRIZE
SHORTLISTED FOR THE DIVERSE BOOK AWARDS
LONGLISTED FOR THE AUTHORS’ CLUB BEST FIRST NOVEL AWARD
SHORTLISTED FOR THE COSTA FIRST NOVEL AWARD
WINNER OF CALIBRE AUDIO’S ‘HIDDEN GEM’ AWARD
‘Poignantly paints the extraordinary in ordinary lives’THE SUNDAY POST
‘An engrossing and moving story’ CLARE CHAMBERS, author of Small Pleasures
‘An evocative portrayal of love and family’ AYISHA MALIK
'Invites you in, not as a stranger but as a family friend’ KATIE FFORDE
‘A masterclass in representation and brilliant writing’ ZEBA TALKHANI, author of My Past is a Foreign Country
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 is now her father’s only source of comfort. 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.
‘A profound, beautifully observed portrait of a British-Muslim family rocked by tragedy. So endearing are the characters, I grieved as they grieved, cheered as they healed and clung to them for days after the final page’ Kia Abdullah
‘A multi-generational story crafted with warmth… An engaging debut’ Vaseem Khan
‘Both unflinching and full of hope; the writing is compassionate and true’ Stephanie Butland