A Beautiful Lie

Author(s): Irfan Master

Senior Fiction

This is 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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A debut novel from an author of great talent Set in India over 50 years ago at the time of Partition, the novel has even so messages of tolerance and love that are resoundingly relevant and topical today The author is keen and available for school and festival visits and talks

'Another memorable debut novel ... Beautifully told this debut is set in 1940's India at the time of the Partition, with themes of tolerance that still resonate today' The Bookseller

Irfan Master is project manager of Reading the Game at the National Literacy Trust. His family is from Gujarat, where the novel is set. This is his first novel. Irfan lives in London, SE5.

General Fields

  • : 9781408805756
  • : Allen & Unwin
  • : Allen & Unwin
  • : January 2011
  • : 198mm X 129mm
  • : United Kingdom
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Irfan Master
  • : Paperback
  • : 1
  • : en
  • : 823.92
  • : From 12
  • : 304