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The Making of Mr Hai's Daughter: Becoming British

by Yasmin Hai
£7.99   paperback  Little, Brown Book (2009)

The Making of Mr Hai Mr Hai arrived in London in 1964. But, while becoming British via a passport had been relatively easy, becoming English was something to be studied - and then passed on, first to his wife, newly arrived from Pakistan, and then to his children. No more speaking Urdu, no more long plaits, no shalwar kameezes, and - even though they were Muslim - no more religion. Mr Hai put his family firmly on the road to assimilation, and his first-born daughter Yasmin was his star pupil. However, being second-generation British Asian was not quite so simple...especially as their Muslim community was about to go through some very profound changes and challenges.

"In this touching memoir, the pivotal tension between intent and reality is conveyed with grace and humour. At long last, we have a young British Muslim woman writing about her life... The book is a gem."
(Yasmin Alibhai-Brown, Mail on Sunday)
"Ebullient and shrply humourous about the conflicts and confusions of growing up and adapting to a country (and a family) in a constant state of political flux and, often, social fantasy. Hai's personality is as engaging as her insights are illuminating."
(Iain Finlayson, The Times)
"[This] affectionate, sometimes sad...but always funny portrait of growing up in Wembley convinces me that it is entirely possible to be Muslim and British. It is a book I cannot recommend too strongly...a tale told with such sharp observation and good humour."
(Eastern Eye)

ISBN 13: 9781844082704 | ISBN 10: 1844082709