Ayesha Manazir Siddiqi's debut is a deliciously dark take on cultural appropriation and colonialism explored through the politics of language. Narrated by the loquacious Anisa Ellahi, a thirty-something British-Pakistani woman residing in London who translates Bollywood film subtitles for a living, it takes us on a suspenseful ride into the heart of The Centre, an elite language school with a cult-ish quality whose success is contingent on a sinister secret. A multi-faceted and literary first novel which leaves the reader horrified and yet hungry for more.
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