Crime, justice and family mix with explosive consequences in Bradford-born author Saima Mir’s brilliant, gritty debut novel, which has been described as addictive. Jai Khan is a successful lawyer whose cushy London life feels worlds away from her childhood spent on the troubled northern streets. Back then, it was her father who laid down the law as the leader of the local organised crime syndicate, with his archaic and often-bloody Jirga rule used to dish out justice.

However, when her Dad is suddenly murdered, Jai finds herself yanked back into the family business where ruthless power struggles, warring communities and street violence are all-too common.

Join us as Mir discusses The Khan with fellow author Ayisha Malik.

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About The Author

Saima Mir

Saima Mir is an award-winning journalist. She started her career at the Telegraph & Argus and went on to work for the BBC. She is a recipient of the Commonwealth Broadcast Association’s World View Award, and has written for numerous publications including The Times and The Independent. Saima’s essay for the Picador book It’s Not About The Burqa appeared in Guardian Weekend and received over 250,000 hits over two days.

About The Chair

Ayisha Malik

Ayisha is author of’ Sofia Khan is Not Obliged, The Other Half of Happiness, and This Green and Pleasant Land. Ayisha was a WH Smith Fresh Talent Pick and Sofia Khan has been a CityReads London book. Her children’s books include a re-telling of Jane Austen’s Mansfield Park and The Seven Sisters.