Tariq Mehmood is an award winning novelist and documentary film-maker. His first novel, Hand On the Sun (London: Penguin Books, 1983), dealt with the experience of the resistance to racism by young migrant to the UK of the 1970s and 1980s. His second novel, While There is Light (Manchester: Carcanet, 2003), was set against the backdrop of the case of the 'Bradford 12', where 12 young men who defended their community were charged with conspiracy offences. His young adult novel, You're Not Proper, a story of two girls struggling in a town seething with Islamophobia (London: Hope Road, 2015), won the Francis Lincoln Diverse Voices Children's Book Award. He is the co-director of the multiple award-winning documentary Injustice, a story about people who have died in British police custody. He is also co-director of other documentaries including Defeat of the Champions and Who Polices the Police. Tariq teaches at the American University of Beirut (AUB), Lebanon. He blogs at: https://tmehmood.wordpress.com Reviews and articles http://www.theguardian.com/childrens-books-site/2015/sep/22/muslim-teenage-identity-tariq-mehmood?CMP=share_btn_tw http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/dr-claire-chambers/book-review-tariq-mehmood_b_6978978.html Review http://www.middle-east-online.com/english/?id=72495 Dunia Magazine INTERVIEW: http://www.duniamagazine.com/2015/02/award-winning-writer-film-maker-tariq-mehmood-talks-race-religion-new-book-youre-not-proper/ Hand On the Sun, Penguin, London, 1983 – out of print While There Is light, Comma, Manchester, 2003 – out of print https://www.theguardian.com/books/2003/dec/27/featuresreviews.guardianreview10 Courageous Ali and the Heartless King, Satchel, 2006. Major film – Injustice – story of the families of those killed in British Police custody. http://www.theguardian.com/film/movie/88286/injustice Homepage of Injustice Film http://www.injusticefilm.co.uk
One brother goes missing in action in Afghanistan, the other falls in love with an Afghan girl in England.
Bitter divisions engulf an English town where young Muslims oppose the British army’s presence in Afghanistan, whilst white youth condemn the Muslims as traitors.
To the disgust of his white friends, 17-year-old Jake Marlesden, whose brother is missing in action in Afghanistan, is in love with Leila Khan, an Afghan. When Jake tries to find out what happened to his brother, neighbour turns against neighbour and lover against lover.
Leila joins young Muslims protesting against the returning bodies of dead British soldiers, and Jake stands with the families of the soldiers. The lovers fall apart.
But far off events, and sinister forces at home, bring the lovers together again in a journey in which they will not only discover themselves, but also heal the wounds of their families and friends.