Set in the late noughties, Season of Sid is a comic novel with a twist. It tells the story of Sid Karim, the first Asian football star in the Premier League, who is visited by his mentor Ibrahim 'Gerd' Mullah, and handed a strange gift: a hand-stitched football with a secret code.
Sid puts the gift into his bag and thinks nothing more of it - he's got more important things on his mind, like playing for his team, creating chances and scoring goals. But when the two men meet again, in a ghoulish, empty stadium, Mullah tells Sid that he is dying and he has one final wish: he wants Sid to marry his daughter.
But Sid thinks these arrangements are absurd and medieval. He's climbed to the top of the ladder of liberation and he's not coming down any time soon. But when he eventually meets Mullah's daughter, his feelings begin to change... Season of Sid will appeal to fans of comic fiction. Author Nasser is inspired by Kurt Vonnegut and filmmakers, most notably Werner Herzog, Krystof Keislowski and Lindsay Anderson.
Born in Rochdale, Nasser was diagnosed with epilepsy at the age of 12 and left school with no qualifications. He went back into education as a mature student and now has a degree in journalism. He has worked for FourFourTwo magazine, Bucks Free Press and works now at The Sunday Mirror, where he has been since 2002. In 2001, he won the Regional Film Critic of the Year award. He has written four screenplays and his third novel is nearly complete.