Ayisha Malik holds a BA in English Literature and Sociology, and a First Class MA in Creative Writing. She worked at Penguin Random House before moving to Cornerstones where she was managing editor for five years. Her debut novel,Sofia Khan is Not Obliged (Twenty7), was followed by the sequel, The Other Half of Happiness (Zaffre), which were both met with critical acclaim, and she was a WHSmith Fresh Talent Pick in 2016. She has contributed to the anthology,A Change is Gonna Come (Stripes Publishing); a compilation of short stories and poems by BAME authors and is also the ghost-writer for Great British Bake Off winner, Nadiya Hussain. Ayisha’s third novel, This Green and Pleasant Land(Zaffre), will be out June 2019. She is currently a freelance editor and is working on her fourth novel.
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THE OTHER HALF OF HAPPINESS — Buy it here
Sofia Khan is just married. But no-one told her life was going to be this way . . .
Her living situation is in dire straits, her husband Conall is distant, and his annoyingly attractive colleague is ringing all sorts of alarm bells.
When her mother forces them into a belated wedding ceremony (elopement: you can run, but you can’t hide), Sofia wonders if it might be a chance to bring them together. But when it forces Conall to confess his darkest secret, it might just tear them apart.
‘Snort-diet-Coke-out-of-your-nostrils funny . . . will resonate with any woman who’s looking for love’ Red
‘Funny and sparky . . . huge fun.’ Jenny Colgan
PUBLICATION DATE: 6 April 2017
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‘Brilliant idea! Excellent! Muslim dating? Well, I had no idea you were allowed to date.’ Then he leaned towards me and looked at me sympathetically. ‘Are your parents quite disappointed?’
Unlucky in love once again after her sort-of-boyfriend/possible-marriage-partner-to-be proves a little too close to his parents, Sofia Khan is ready to renounce men for good. Or at least she was, until her boss persuades her to write a tell-all expose about the Muslim dating scene.
As her woes become her work, Sofia must lean on the support of her brilliant friends, baffled colleagues and baffling parents as she seeks stories for her book. But in amongst the marriage-crazy relatives, racist tube passengers and polygamy-inclined friends, could there be a lingering possibility that she might just be falling in love . . . ?
Sofia Khan is Not Obliged is the hilarious and fresh debut novel by Ayisha Malik.
“Snort-Diet-Coke-out-of-your-nostrils funny . . . will resonate with any woman who’s looking for love” – Sarra Manning, author of It Felt Like a Kiss
“Funny and sparky . . . a smart and acerbic romcom . . . Read Ayisha Malik’s book: it’s huge fun.” – Jenny Colgan