Hidden Fires-9780008297497

Hidden Fires

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Author(s): Hussain, Sairish,
Binding: Hardback,
Date of Publication: 18/01/2024,
Pagination: 384 pages,
Series: N/A,
Imprint: HQ,
Published By: HarperCollins Publishers,
Book Classification: Fiction & related items,
Dimensions: 163 x 242 x 35
ISBN13/EAN/SKU: 9780008297497

How can you live in the present when you’re trying to bury the past?

‘A multi-generational family story which deftly weaves in the tragic events of Partition and the Grenfell Tower fire, this is a sweeping tale of resilience’ I News

Ramadan, 2017. Yusuf wakes up in the middle of the night to pray. His routine is always the same, but something tells him that tonight is different. Yellow flames blur Yusuf’s vision, and the laughter of a small child echoes in his ears. But this time, the red, smoke-filled skies aren’t just in his memory.

Miles away, Rubi is also awake. On the television, she watches reports of a devastating fire in London. She is already anxious when her parents send her to stay with her Grandpa Yusuf, whose conservative house rules are almost as unbearable as the loneliness she feels at home. Yusuf’s lifestyle does not gel with Rubi’s. But when she finds him scared and confused one night, it becomes clear that there’s more to her grandfather than Rubi ever considered.

As Yusuf grapples with the past, Rubi is determined to save him. But the memories that are recovered and spoken of for the first time in years are more painful than she could have imagined.

From the Costa Prize-shortlisted author of The Family Tree and Women's Prize x Good Housekeeping Futures Finalist, Hidden Fires is a powerful story of grief and loss, the power of family ties, and the long arm of history.

Readers are loving Hidden Fires:

‘A heartbreaking , emotional rollercoaster of a read, beautifully written’

‘A must read book’ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

‘An exquisite book exploring the secrets, vulnerabilities and tremendous bonds between three generations of family . . . Equally heartbreaking and heartwarming, such harrowing experiences and uplifting moments of love. Nothing is idealised, it is raw, real and so perfectly imperfect. Rubi and Yusuf are up there as my favourite characters of this year's reads’ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐