Title: This Green and Pleasant Land
Authors: Malik, Ayisha
Genre: Fiction
Pages: 450
Year: 2019
Language: English
Description: It is hard to refuse a deathbed wish and Bilal Hasham isn't the first to struggle with complying. His mother's request will put Bilal on a collision course with his friends, family and his neighbours in the south coast village of Babbel's End. Honouring Sakeen's last wish - to build a mosque in the village - will really set the cat among the pigeons, exposing the fault lines of racism and intolerance that sit beneath the surface of this quintessentially English community.

Both entertaining and provocative, this multifaceted story of faith and identity thoughtfully reveals the changing face of Britain while holding up a mirror to one's own prejudices. [Larger font]
Categories: Fiction, Community, Culture/Ethnic/Racial, Grief/loss, Relationships, Religion, Social commentary/perspectives, England, 2021 Titles, Larger font


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By: WHITBY 003 2021-06-16 14:07:30
Our group found this a fun book to read. It's a bubbling lighthearted story, a little like a Bollywood movie in that the characters are not well developed. The focus is more on the way people react when met with a different culture. The writing is perceptive.

By: CHCH 052 2021-05-10 12:01:49
We enjoyed this light read exploring many ( some thought too many) contemporary issues in a rural British context. Some powerful characterisation eg. Auntie Rukhsana and entertaining situations were described. Some members felt the ending was "rushed".

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