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 a British Pakistani journalist who grew up in Bradford, where she started her career as a local reporter. She has written for The Times, Guardian and Independent. Her essay for It’s Not About the Burqa (Picador) appeared in the Guardian and received over250,000 hits online in two days. She has also contributed to the anthology The Best, MostAwful Job: Twenty Mothers Talk Honestly About Motherhood. THE KHAN is her debut novel. Saima lives in London.

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Ayisha Malik

Ayisha Malik’s adult novels Sofia Khan is Not Obliged, The Other Half of Happiness, and This Green and Pleasant Land were met with great critical acclaim. Ayisha was a WHSmith 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. She is winner of The Diversity Book Awards and has been shortlisted for The Asian Women of Achievement Award, Marie Claire’s Future Shapers’ Awards and the h100 Awards. Her latest novel, The Movement, is out July 2022.