Wednesday 22 February
Room 204, Fred Wheeler Building, King Alfred Campus, University of Winchester, Sparkford Road, Winchester, Hampshire SO22 4NR
Ayisha Malik, Author of 'Sofia Khan Is Not Obliged'
Author Ayisha Malik will discuss her debut novel Sofia Khan Is Not Obliged, which was featured in Marie Claire’s ‘Must-reads’ and Grazia’s Hotlist of 'Best in New Books' in 2016. Ayisha was one of WH Smith's Fresh Talent picks. The novel has garnered widespread praise:
'Fun, Fresh and Funny' - MHAIRI MCFARLANE, bestselling author of 'You Had Me At Hello.'
'Malik achieves the perfect balance of romance and humour' – INDEPENDENT
'...an entertaining debut with laugh-out-loud moments – a contemporary love story you won't want to miss' – CANDIS MAGAZINE
'Refreshing and funny…Move over Bridget Jones' – SUNDAY MIRROR
'Fun, feisty and addictive. It deserves to be read' IRISH EXAMINER
'...everything about this novel challenges expectations...a sharp, funny but ultimately very normal portrait of life as a British Muslim' THE NATIONAL
'Snort-diet-Coke-out-of-your-nostrils funny' RED
'Hilariously smart' Nikesh Shukla, editor of THE GOOD IMMIGRANT
Ayisha Malik is a British Muslim, lifelong Londoner, and debut novelist. She read English Literature at Kingston University and went on to complete an MA in Creative Writing (though told most of her family it was an MA in English Literature – Creative Writing is not a subject, after all.) She has spent various spells teaching, photocopying, volunteering and being a publicist. Now, when she isn’t searching for a jar of Nutella in her cupboards, she divides her time between writing, being a Managing Editor at Cornerstones Literary Consultancy, and studying. Her first novel Sofia Khan Is Not Obliged was published in January 2016 and the follow up The Other Half of Happinessis out in April 2017.
To book, email: Neil.Ewen@winchester.ac.uk
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