10 August 2014

Dear Infidel by Tamim Sadikali

Sometimes a family saga can be a little like looking at someone’s holiday snaps – mildly interesting but not too engaging. 

Tamin Sadikali’s family in Dear Infidel engages on every level. It’s not the perfect family – does one exist? – it’s a family that struggles with life in Britain, a family often at odds with their own religion.

Each of the family has their own story to share and the author has weaved them together to produce an exquisitely written novel. It’s a novel of our times and it certainly taught me more than a few truths about modern Britain seen through the eyes of a Muslim family.

I felt that the author wanted to share those truths with sincerity, that he was almost desperate to do so. But there’s no hysterics here, the author has chosen his words carefully and that’s why it works. 

Although religion is integral to the novel, it's the characters that are key – how they cope with their own conflicts and restraints.

It might be the stock cliché of reviews and reviewers, but this novel deserves to be shared and I wouldn’t be surprised to see it adapted for TV.

The book is available from Amazon: Dear Infidel