Jamal is a successful psychoanalyst haunted by his first love and a brutal act of violence from which he can never escape. Looking back to their coming of age in the 1970s, he and his friends face an encroaching middle age with the traumas of their youth still unresolved in this colourful and warm novel of London life.
Hanif Kureishi is the author of novels (including The Buddha of Suburbia, The Black Album and Intimacy), story collections (Love in a Blue Time, Midnight All Day and The Body), plays (including Outskirts, Borderline and Sleep With Me) and screenplays (including My Beautiful Laundrette, My Son the Fanatic and Venus). Among his other publications are the collection of essays Dreaming and Scheming and the memoir My Ear at His Heart. Born in Pakistan in 1952, Art Malik came to prominence as Hari Kumar in the acclaimed 1984 TV series Jewel in the Crown and shortly after was cast by David Lean in A Passage to India. He went on to star in a number of Hollywood films before returning to the stage where, most recently, he achieved widespread critical praise for his performance alongside Kristin Scott Thomas and Mackenzie Crook in The Seagull at the Royal Court Theatre.