Shireen Jilla is a journalist, who has written regularly for the Evening Standard and The Sunday Times. She has been an expat in Paris, Rome and New York. She now lives with her husband and three children in west London. In 2011, her debut novel Exiled was published, followed by The Art of Unpacking Your Life, in 2016
THE ART OF UNPACKING YOUR LIFE – buy it here
Twenty years ago, they were the best of friends. When Connie invites her university gang on the holiday of a lifetime – a safari in the Kalahari – they have little in common anymore. Is getting them back together a terrible mistake? Despite the undercurrent of tension, they are drawn into the adventure and begin to enjoy each other again, a million miles away from their daily concerns. They finally have space to explore what really matters. But a series of events and revelations bring new challenges to the group. As their lives start to unravel, they see how they are all linked together. New relationships are formed, old ones run their course, and news from home brings further tragedy. The Art of Unpacking Your Life is a beautiful book about friendship, growing up, and that, despite growing apart, your oldest friends can be the ones to sustain you through life’s greatest sadness and deepest joy.
PUBLICATION DATE: 5th May 2016
EXILED — Buy it here
Exiled is a dark, dysfunctional family psychodrama, played out against the backdrop of privileged society in New York City’s Upper East Side. In love with her husband Jessie, an ambitious British diplomat, whose first posting brings them to New York, Anna begins the hectic, enjoyable life of a successful expat. But New York also brings her into contact with her husband’s manipulative and competitive stepmother Nancy, a powerful American socialite and philanthropist. When a silly incident with her only son Josh involves the Police Department, Anna’s seemingly perfect world begins to shatter. As Jessie’s journey to rediscover his New York roots draws him closer to Nancy, terrible and strange things keep happening to Anna. She begins to fear that someone is out to destroy her family.
‘Compelling. I couldn’t put it down.’ –Sophie Raworth
‘Bristling with tension and studded with designer names, this fast-moving debut is extremely entertaining.’ — Times
PUBLICATION DATE: 1st April 2011