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
The sequel to You’re Not Proper: (Book 1 in the ‘Striker’ series)
17-year-old Jake Marlesden’s racist brother, Dexy, goes missing whilst on a tour of duty in Afghanistan. Jake asks Leila Khan, an Afghan girl, for help in finding his brother. The two of them end up falling in love.
Leila wants Jake to convert to Islam, and though he is an atheist, he starts going to the mosque, with the hope of getting into Leila’s pants. However, far-off events shatter the young lovers’ relationship. In Afghanistan, Leila’s uncle’s village is attacked by a unit from the British Army. It is here Dexy goes missing.
After some time, the British Army declares Dexy dead and sends his body back to Boarhead, northern England, for burial.
Along with other young Muslims, Leila protests against the returning dead soldiers, whose unit is responsible for wholesale slaughter in Afghanistan. Jake is determined to give his brother a dignified send off.
After the burial, Dexy’s coffin is stolen from the graveyard. Jake joins enraged white gangs who blame Muslims for stealing the body. They go on the rampage through the Muslim area of Boarhead East.
Jake begins to get mysterious calls on his mobile. Around the same time, he is followed everywhere. His house is burgled. He learns slowly that his brother is alive and is trying to contact him.
White people in Boarhead find out Dexy is alive and has gone to the ‘other side’. Jake and his father are abused and shunned by the white folk of Boarhead.
Dexy manages to send a message to Jake, in which he explains what happened in Afghanistan: what he was forced to do; how he was injured; why he converted to Islam; and why he is determined to come back to England to clear his name.
Jake and Leila make up and are determined to help Dexy. However, sinister forces are determined to capture Dexy.