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The Secret Lives of the Amir Sisters
The Secret Lives of the Amir Sisters
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Nadiya Hussain
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by Rebecca Fennell

Nadiya Hussain
The Secret Lives
of the Amir Sisters

Meet Nadiya Hussain who will be signing copies
of her debut novel on its publication day.

The Secret Lives of the Amir Sisters is the hilarious yet heartwarming debut novel from Nadiya Hussain, about an utterly dysfunctional but totally lovable family, exploring life, faith and identity as a second generation Bangladeshi in the UK.

Fatima (Fatti), Farah, Bubblee and Mae are the four sisters of the Amir family—the only Muslim family in the small village of Wyvernage. Though they appear happy, each sister is secretly struggling…

After failing her driving test for the fifteenth time, oldest sister Fatima is worrying about her place in the family. Plagued with insecurity over her weight and feelings of loneliness, she takes refuge in her room with her favourite snack: tubes of Primula cheese. The twins Farah and Bubblee, once close, now barely speak since Farah’s marriage to a man Bubblee disapproves of. Bubblee has moved to London, determined to make it as an artist and avoids her family as much as possible. Meanwhile Mae, the youngest, documents her family’s life on social media, much to their annoyance.

After an unexpected turn of events, Bubblee reluctantly returns to Wyvernage and finds that her mother is planning her marriage. Fatima learns a devastating family secret, which sends her to Bangladesh in an attempt to find a sense of belonging. And in the midst of this, Farah’s woes are spiralling, as she learns that the deep financial straits they’re in could result in her losing her home. As each sister struggles with life, love and faith, can they make peace with one another, pull together and help rebuild the family’s fortunes.

Nadiya Hussain is the universally loved winner of The Great British Bake Off in 2015. Since then, she has baked the Queen’s birthday cake, published a cookbook and a children’s book, fronted a BBC One documentary, The Chronicles of Nadiya and been named in Debretts 500 most influential people in the UK in 2016. Born in Luton, she now lives in Milton Keynes with her husband and three children.

Forthcoming events


Thursday 28 September at 7.30 pm
at The Wanstead Tap

Iain Sinclair: The Last London

Thursday 12 October at 7.30 pm
at Wanstead Library

The Potato Show
An evening with John Hegley
Redbridge Libraries’ Fabula Festival

Friday 13 October at 7.30 pm
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Lottie Moggach: Under the Sun
Redbridge Libraries’ Fabula Festival

Thursday 26 October at 7.30 pm
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Travis Elborough: The Vinyl Countdown

Wednesday 1 November at 7.30 pm
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The Gentle Author: East End Vernacular

Thursday 16 November at 7.30 pm
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Friday 24 November at 7.30 pm
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Lucinda Hawksley
Dickens and Christmas

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Chris Difford: Some Fantastic Place

Donal Ryan and Sarah Winman
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Mark Thomas: The Liar’s Quartet

Jacqueline Wilson: Wave Me Goodbye

Stuart Heritage and Jonathan Dean
Writing Family

Julian Woodford
The Boss of Bethnal Green

Will Ashon: Strange Labyrinth

Dave Randall: Sound System
The Political Power of Music

Peter Walker: Bike Nation
How Cycling Can Save the World

Eugenia Cheng: Beyond Infinity

Jake Arnott: The Fatal Tree

Michael Rosen
The Disappearance of Émile Zola

Fundraising event for
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Poetry and prose readings with
Julie Christie, Niall Buggy,
David Calder, Andy de la Tour
and Susan Wooldridge

Book signing on publication day
Nadiya Hussain
The Secret Lives of the Amir Sisters

Shami Chakrabarti discusses
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Inaugural annual Lantern Lecture