by Irfan Master - £7.99 Bloomsbury Publishing PLC (2011)
paperback ISBN 13: 9781408805756 | ISBN 10: 1408805758
An atmospheric, quirky and moving debut novel, set in India. Shortlisted for the Waterstone’s Children’s Book Prize and nominated for the 2011 Branford Boase Award.
An extraordinarily rich debut novel, set in India in 1947 at the time of Partition. Although the backdrop is this key event in Indian history, the novel is even more far-reaching, touching on the importance of tolerance, love and family.
The main character is Bilal, a boy determined to protect his dying father from the news of Partition – news that he knows will break his father's heart. With great spirit and determination, and with the help of his good friends, Bilal persuades others to collude with him in this deception, even printing false pages of the local newspaper to hide the ravages of unrest from his father. All that Bilal wants is for his father to die in peace. But that means Bilal has a very complicated relationship with the truth...
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