The One Who Wrote Destiny
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“A beautiful, brilliant modern classic.” Sabrina Mahfouz, Guardian, Best Summer Books 2018
Neha has just been diagnosed with the same terminal cancer that killed her mother. Was this her destiny? She codes a computer program to find out, one that intricately maps out her entire life and the lives of those closest to her: her dad, who left Kenya for windblown northern England; her brother, a struggling comedian whose star is finally beginning to rise; her grandmother, who lost the man she loved to racist violence. By understanding the past, Neha hopes to come to terms with her present – and reckon with her family’s and her country’s future.
Funny and profound * Guardian * This is an epic tale... but it always feels intimate * Stylist * A beautiful, brilliant modern classic. * Sabrina Mahfouz, Guardian best summer reads 2018 * Be utterly transported by this wonderfully written tale of family, immigration and family bonds. * Emerald Street * The novel captures the changing faces of racism with memorable vividness. * Sunday Times * A beautifully written and thought-provoking piece of work, which balances humour, anger and melancholy in a way that is charming and utterly engrossing. * The List * Written with such vitality that it lives beyond its ending. * i Magazine * Very funny but packs a hell of an emotional punch. It's an intimate epic, spanning continents and decades but rooted in the internal life of its characters. * Nish Kumar, stand-up comedian and actor * A funny, moving novel about what we inherit and what we create for ourselves. * Sunday Times, Best Summer Reads 2018 * Intelligent, devastating and gorgeously entertaining, this is a novel that expresses its anger with just the right level of fun. * Financial Times * A wise and moving novel about family, love and the people we're destined to be. * Stylist, 'April's best new books' * Fascinating, funny and thoughtful. * Bernardine Evaristo, Observer * Funny, profound and by far Shukla's most ambitious novel to date. * Alfred Hickling, Guardian * I loved it. It's wise and absorbing and the voices of all the characters are so incredibly distinct. A triumph. * Louise O'Neill, author of 'Almost Love and Asking For It' *
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