After a coup in Sudan forces Najwa and her family into political exile in London, she soon realises that she has come down in the world. But she finds solace in her visits to the Regents Park Mosque. Then she meets Tamer, the lonely younger brother of her employer and slowly they fall in love.
This novel opens with a mysterious death in the cellars of a smart, cosmopolitan hotel and over the course of the ensuing pages, peels back the layers of polyglot London to reveal the melting pot which exists below.
Queenie Jenkins can't cut a break. Well, apart from the one from her long term boyfriend, Tom. That's definitely just a break though. Definitely not a break up. Then there's her boss who doesn't seem to see her and her Caribbean family who don't seem to listen (if it's not Jesus or water rates, they're not interested). She's trying to fit in two worlds that don't really understand her. It's no wonder she's struggling. She was named to be queen of everything. So why is she finding it so hard to rule her own life?
Long ago when magic still existed in England, the greatest magician of all was the Raven King. Now at the start of the 19th century, the Raven King is only a myth and England no longer believes in magicians. But then Mr Norrell makes his incredible talents known.
Barrington Jedidiah Walker is 74 and leads a double life. Born and bred in Antigua, he's lived in Hackney since the 60s. He is husband to the deeply religious Carmel, father and grandfather - but he is also secretly the lover of his childhood friend, Morris. Now Barrington wants to divorce Carmel and live with Morris, but after a lifetime of fear and deception, will he manage to break away?
This tale concerns the trials and tribulations of a single, girl-about-town on an optimistic but doomed quest for self-improvement. If she could just get down to 8st 7lb, stop smoking and develop inner poise, all would be resolved.
Aaron grows up in the Coram Foundling Hospital, having been saved from death by a boy called Meshak. Meshak, Aaron and Toby, the child of an African slave, all have a narrow escape as Meshak's evil father sets sail to sell them into slavery.
What happens when a Chinese woman falls in love with an Englishman and realises that learning the language doesn't necessarily lead to understanding? Funny, sexy, romantic and sad, 'A Concise Chinese-English Dictionary for Lovers' is a love story for the modern age.
it’s 2008 and things are falling apart: Bear Stearns and Lehman Brothers are going under, and the residents of Pepys Road, London — a banker and his shopaholic wife, an old woman dying of a brain tumor and her graffiti-artist grandson, Pakistani shop owners and a shadowy refugee, the young soccer star from Senegal and his minder — are receiving anonymous postcards reading 'We Want What You Have.'
Unlucky in love once again after her sort-of-boyfriend 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. 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?
Set close to the Heathrow feed roads of Hounslow, we follow a gang of four young men: Hardjit the ring leader, a Sikh, determined his caste stay pure; Ravi, a sheep following the herd; Amit, whose brother is struggling to win parental approval to marry a Hindu girl; and Jas, desperate to impress these three, desperate too for Samira, a Muslim girl, which in this story can only have bad consequences.
Annie has never experienced the 'spark' with a guy - the kind of instant chemistry that steals your breath and blindsides you completely. Until a night out with friends brings her face to face with the wickedly sexy and mysterious Jack. It's not just a spark that ignites between them. It's an explosion.
'Corduroy Mansions' is the nickname given to a crumbling mansion block in London's vibrant Pimlico. It is inhabited by an assortment of characters - including, amongst others, a literary agent, a wine merchant, one accountant, possibly the first ever nasty Liberal Democrat MP and his long-suffering PA, and a small dog in his prime.
'Saturday' is a novel set within a single day in February 2003. Henry Perowne is a contented man, but what troubles him is the state of the world. Following a minor car accident, Perowne is brought into contact with a small-time thug called Miller. This meeting has savage consequences.
Julia and Valentina Poole are identical twins who have no interest in college, jobs or anything outside their cosy suburban home. But everything changes when they receive notice that an aunt whom they didn't know existed has died and left them her flat in an apartment block overlooking Highgate Cemetery in London.
When the bohemian, sophisticated Innes Kent turns up by chance on her doorstep, Lexie Sinclair realises she cannot wait any longer for her life to begin, and leaves for London. There, at the heart of the 1950s Soho art scene, she carves out a new life for herself, with Innes at her side.
'The body you are wearing used to be mine.' So begins the letter Myfanwy Thomas is holding when she wakes in a park surrounded by bodies wearing latex gloves. With no recollection of who she is, Myfanwy must follow the instructions her former self left behind to discover her identity and track down those who want to destroy her.
Isma is free. After years spent raising her twin siblings, she is finally studying in America. But she can't stop worrying about her headstrong sister back in London - or their brother, who's determined to prove himself to the dark legacy of the jihadist father he never knew. Then Eamonn, son of a powerful British Muslim politician, enters their lives. Is he to be a chance at love?
Two girls dream of being dancers - but only one, Tracey, has talent. The other has ideas: about rhythm and time, about black bodies and black music, what constitutes a tribe, or makes a person truly free. It's a close but complicated childhood friendship that ends abruptly in their early twenties, never to be revisited, but never quite forgotten, either.
Zadie Smith's tragi-comic 'NW' follows four Londoners - Leah, Natalie, Felix and Nathan - after they've left their childhood council estate, grown up and moved on to different lives. From private houses to public parks, at work and at play, their city is brutal, beautiful and complicated. Yet after a chance encounter they each find that the choices they've made, the people they once were and are now, can suddenly, rapidly unravel.
Lev is on his way to Britain to seek work, so that he can send money back to eastern Europe to support his mother and little daughter. He struggles with the mysterious rituals of 'Englishness', and the fashions and fads of the London scene. We see the road Lev travels through his eyes, and we share his dilemmas.
After the sudden death of his wife, Audrey, Jonah sits on a bench in Kew Gardens, trying to reassemble the shattered pieces of his life. As the mystery of Audrey's death unravels, Jonah becomes linked to three strangers who journey through the seasons to learn that stories, like paper, can be refolded and reformed.