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Sabba Khan’s debut novel The Roles We Play is the first graphic novel ever shortlisted for the Jhalak Prize

Newham Bookshop champions local award-winning graphic novelist

The Roles We Play by Sabba Khan Shortlisted for Jhalak Prize

We are proud to champion The Roles We Play and its author Sabba Khan, a visual artist, graphic novelist and architectural designer living in Newham. “This is the first time that the judges of the Jhalak Prize have selected a graphic novel,” says Corinne Pearlman, who commissioned The Roles We Play after an early excerpt was shortlisted for the Myriad First Graphic Novel Competition. “Myriad is so proud of Sabba and we could not be more pleased with the success of her brilliant book.”

Two-thirds of today’s British Pakistani diaspora trace their origins back to Mirpur in Azad Kashmir, a district that saw mass displacement and migration when it was submerged by the waters of a dam built after Partition. Sabba Khan’s debut graphic memoir explores what identity, belonging and memory mean for her and her family against the backdrop of this history.

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Sabba Khan says: Newham Bookshop was my local bookshop when growing up and was where we channeled sales to for the first month of my book release. Newham Bookshop, as with a lot of small local bookshops, have worked tirelessly to keep afloat during the pandemic, they are a really vital part of Newham and do an important job in keeping the culture of reading books alive amongst a big working class migrant community. My most vivid memories of the bookstore are when my mum would treat me to buying a book every time I went for my dental braces appointment at the clinic nearby. Back then I also relied a lot on libraries. Plaistow Library and Stratford library were my favourite places to go and chill out.

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Good reads in Newham, selected for Newham Voices, December 2021

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Good reads in Newham, selected for Newham Voices, November 2021

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