Sameer Rahim was born and lives in London. After reading English at Cambridge, he worked at the London Review of Books then the Daily Telegraph, becoming Deputy Review Editor. He is now Managing Editor of Prospect magazine, and has also written for the New York Times, the New Statesman and Apollo. Asghar and Zahra is his first novel.
A wonderful achievement; an invigorating reminder of the power fiction has to challenge lazy stereotypes, and stretch the reader's heart - Guardian A searching and funny debut novel ... elegant, provocative and clear-eyed - Daily Telegraph A sparkling debut . . . a novel of charm and compassion - New Statesman A tragicomic account of a doomed marriage . . . Rahim's wit propels the novel. Asghar and Zahrasends up everything from piety to quintessential 'Englishness' and casual Islamophobia - Literary Review A fascinating read - Mail on Sunday Zahra is running away from her past, and good girls don't have pasts. Sameer Rahim shows the differences between them with wit and tenderness, and a wry lemon-twist of satire - The Times One of the most powerful ideas in the novel, which Rahim handles with great deftness and emotional subtlety, is how Muslim women themselves can act as transmitters of honour culture, even while they rail against it and depict Muslim men as its primary upholders and beneficiaries - TLS Funny and wise, and beautifully written - New Statesman, Books of the Year