Shahnaz Ahsan is the author of Hashim & Family (April 2020, Hodder). She is also an award-winning writer of short stories and has written a screenplay set in her hometown of Keighley in West Yorkshire. Her articles on issues of multiculturalism, race, religion and society have appeared in national daily newspapers and online magazines.
Born and raised in West Yorkshire, she has lived in Oxford, London, Philadelphia, and Addis Ababa, but her flattened northern vowels remain victorious.
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HASHIM & FAMILY
Forthcoming: 2 April 2020
It is New Year's Eve, 1960. Hashim has left behind his homeland and his bride, Munira, to seek his fortune in England. His cousin and only friend, Rofikul, introduces Hashim to life in Manchester - including Rofikul's girlfriend, Helen. When Munira arrives, the group must learn what it is to be a family.
Ten years later, war breaks out in East Pakistan. The struggle for liberation and the emergence of Bangladesh affects the family in ways they could never have foreseen.
Spanning twenty years and two countries, Hashim & Family is the story of migration and belonging, and the bond of kinship, and is the debut of an extraordinary new talent.