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Dosh: How to Earn It, Save It, Spend It, Grow It, Give It

By Rashmi Sirdeshpande

Having some dosh in your pocket can be really exciting. And when it's used as a force for good, those pennies have the power to change the world. But managing money can seem daunting, especially in uncertain times. This book is here to build your confidence, transform you into a money expert and look toward the future. Whether you want […]

Midnight at Malabar House

By Vaseem Khan

As India celebrates the arrival of a momentous new decade, Inspector Persis Wadia stands vigil in the basement of Malabar House, home to the city's most unwanted unit of police officers. Six months after joining the force she remains India's first female police detective, mistrusted, sidelined and now consigned to the midnight shift. And so, when the phone rings to […]

The Unbroken

By Alex Caan

Millie didn’t get time to think. The car door was pulled open and she was dragged out, her screams loud and raw, as she kicked and fought. She called out for Oscar, again and again, screaming for help. But he never came. It was the wedding of the year. Millie Beaumont marrying billionaire playboy Oscar Hayat, the eyes of the world watching. But […]

The Doctor Will See You Now

By Dr Amir Khan

60 hours a week240 patients10 minutes to make a diagnosisWelcome to the surgery. Charting his 15 years working as a GP, from rookie to becoming a partner in one of the UK's busiest surgeries, Dr Amir Khan's stories are as much about community and care as they are about blood tests and bodily fluids. Along the way, he introduces us […]

The 21-Day Immunity Plan

By Dr Aseem Malhotra

The simple, evidence-based plan to rapidly improve your metabolic health, help with normal immune function and likely reduce the risk of severe effects from Covid-19. Dr Aseem Malhotra is a leading NHS-trained cardiologist and a pioneer of lifestyle medicine. He has been at the forefront of citing the health conditions which make us vulnerable to the worst effects of Covid-19. […]

School’s Cancelled (Anisha the Accidental Detective #2)

By Serena Patel

Anisha can't wait to show off her volcano project at the science fair...and maybe win the prize trip to the national space centre. But when the volcano explodes and floods the school, Anisha is disqualified. It's so unfair, because it wasn't her fault! Can Anisha, her best friend Milo, a pet rat, and a high-school vlogger catch the culprit?

SLAM! You’re Gonna Wanna Hear This

By Nikita Gill

Collected by international poetry sensation Nikita Gill, SLAM! You're Gonna Wanna Hear This is a joyful celebration of the ground-breaking poets making their voices heard in the spoken word scene. Empowering, inspiring and often hilarious, SLAMs are a platform for well-known and emerging talent from all walks of life where every style of poetry has a home. With poets such as Raymond […]

Dare to Be You

By Matthew Syed

What would you dare to try if you stopped worrying about fitting in? If you're the kind of person who thinks: I don't like standing out from the crowd ... I wish I could be more like the cool kids ... There's no point trying to change things ... then this book is for you. Because guess what? There's no such thing as normal. Drawing examples from […]

Tamarind & the Star of Ishta

By Jasbinder Bilan

Tamarind never knew her Indian mum, who died soon after she was born. So when she arrives at her ancestral home, a huge mansion in the Himalayas surrounded by luxuriant gardens, she's full of questions for her extended family. But instead of answers, she finds an ominous silence – and a trickle of intriguing clues: an abandoned hut, a friendly […]

Truth Be Told

By Kia Abdullah

The new hard-hitting courtroom drama from the author of Take It Back. Kamran Hadid is seventeen years old, and feels invincible. He attends Hampton school, an elite all-boys boarding school in London, he comes from a wealthy family, has a place at Oxford next year, and he’s outgoing and confident. The world is at his feet. And then a night […]

Red Pill

By Hari Kunzru

‘I knew there was something profoundly but subtly wrong, some urgent question I had to answer, that concerned me in isolation and couldn’t be solved by waking Rei or going on the internet or padding barefoot into the bathroom and swallowing a sleeping pill. It concerned the foundation for things, beliefs I had spent much of my life writing and […]

Nadiya Bakes

By Nadiya Hussain

Learn to bake incredible cakes, pastries, pies and puddings for every occasion with Nadiya's simple and achievable recipes. In true Nadiya fashion these bakes include the classics and mouth-watering twists that will become your sweet staples for every birthday party, afternoon treat, lunchbox snack, dessert and even dinner. These recipes will be your favourites for every day and for every celebration. Our […]

Families and Other Natural Disasters

By Anita Goveas

Families and Other Natural Disasters is a collection of flash fiction about families, born into, created or found, how they support us or repress us, and the ways they can change us and shape us. These stories are set in the UK and India, in aquariums, ballrooms and outer space. They follow women into volcanoes and out to sea. The characters […]

Think Like a Monk: Train Your Mind for Peace and Purpose Every Day

By Jay Shetty

Jay Shetty, social media superstar and host of the #1 podcast ‘On Purpose’, distils the timeless wisdom he learned as a practising monk into practical steps anyone can take every day to live a less anxious, more meaningful life. Over the past three years, Jay Shetty has become a favourite in the hearts and minds of millions of people worldwide. […]

A Girl’s Guide to Being Awesome

By Suzanne Virdee

Teenage life doesn’t come with a rule book, so here is the next best thing. Let’s face it: growing up is confusing. You’re expected to get good grades at school, maintain an insta-worthy social life and somehow also hone a range of life skills which you definitely don’t want to ask your parents about… This book is here to act as your […]

The Little War Cat

By Hiba Noor Khan

Inspired by a true story, The Little War Cat is a moving tale of hope amidst conflict, written by debut author Hiba Noor Khan and beautifully illustrated by the astonishing Laura Chamberlain. The Little War Cat follows the story of a little grey cat who is caught up in the BANGS and CRASHES of the humans in boots, who have changed the city […]

Stone Cold Trouble (Zaq & Jags)

By Amer Anwar

Set in the heart of West London's Asian community, this is the latest instalment in the unmissable ZAQ & JAGS series. Trying – and failing – to keep his head down and to stay out of trouble, ex-con Zaq Khan agrees to help his best friend, Jags, recover a family heirloom, currently in the possession of a wealthy businessman. But […]

Royals and Rebels: The Rise and Fall of the Sikh Empire

By Priya Atwal

In late-eighteenth-century India, the glory of the Mughal emperors was fading, and ambitious newcomers seized power, changing the political map forever. Enter the legendary Maharajah Ranjit Singh, whose Sikh Empire stretched throughout northwestern India into Afghanistan and Tibet. Priya Atwal shines fresh light on this long-lost kingdom, looking beyond its founding father to restore the queens and princes to the […]

The Night the Reindeer Saved Christmas

By Raj Kaur Khaira

It's almost Christmas Eve and the rockets on Mr Claus's sleigh have exploded! With just hours to go, Mr Claus sets out to find a creature that can help him deliver Christmas gifts across the world. The polar bears are strong, but they're too sleepy. The narwhals are fast, but the presents get too wet. The reindeer might just be […]

Fearless Fairy Tales

By Konnie Huq

A hilarious and anarchic collection of classic bedtime stories for young readers, all utterly updated for a new generation. Meet Trumplestiltskin, a vain and gold-obsessed little man who will stop at nothing to become richer and richer. There's Sleeping Brainy, the princess whose only dream is to become Chancellor of the Exchequer, and the Gingerbread Kid, who escapes persecution in his home country but […]

This Green and Pleasant Land

By Ayisha Malik

In the sleepy village of Babel's End, trouble is brewing. Bilal Hasham is having a mid-life crisis. His mother has just died, and he finds peace lying in a grave he's dug in the garden. His elderly Auntie Rukhsana has come to live with him, and forged an unlikely friendship with village busybody, Shelley Hawking. His wife Mariam is distant […]

A Secret of Birds & Bone

By Kiran Millwood Hargrave

In an Italian city ravaged by plague, Sofia's mother carves beautiful mementoes from the bones of loved ones. But one day, she doesn't return home. Did her work lead her into danger? Sofia and her little brother Ermin are sent to the convent orphanage but soon escape, led by an enigmatic new friend and their pet crow, Corvith. Together they […]

The Girl and the Goddess

By Nikita Gill

One girl's wild journey of strength, beauty and growth as she discovers who she really is. Lyrical wonder, spiritual revelation and revolution meet with epic mythical landscapes in this deeply intimate coming-of-age story, one that teaches us all, no matter how small we feel, to become the masters of our own destiny. Meet Paro. A girl with a strong will, […]

How to Live to 100

By Ariane Sherine

If you're reading this, you probably want to live to a hundred. And why wouldn't you want to live a super-long life, if you could remain in good health? You'd get to meet your great-grandkids, try out space travel and the teleporter, and gross out all your descendants by having noisy old-person sex. Comedian Ariane Sherine has always been determined to live […]

Bear Markets and Beyond: A Bestiary of Business Terms

By Dhruti Shah

Unicorns, narwhals, yaks, cows and civets - what have all these creatures got to do with your hard-earned cash? Well, far more than you would think at first glance. They are all beasts that appear in the global economic ecosystem. They pop up as warnings, messages, signals and useful analogies in order to help us navigate what can sometimes be […]

Of Necessity & Wanting

By Sascha A. Akhtar

Of Necessity & Wanting is a collection of lyrical, atmospheric stories of varying lengths set in urban Pakistan. At its forefront are the concerns of people who are lower down on the metaphorical ‘chain’ of status and power, especially in the context of their symbiotic relationship with those they see as 'other', 'privileged' or 'fair'. Akhtar’s breathtaking prose, which combines […]

The Night Bus Hero

By Onjali Q Raúf

From Onjali Q. Rauf, the award-winning and best-selling author of The Boy at the Back of the Class, comes another incredible story, told with humour and heart. 'The boy's an absolute menace.''He's a bully. A lost cause!''Why can't he be more like his sister?'I've been getting into trouble for as long I can remember. Usually I don't mind 'cos some of […]

Today I’m Strong

By Nadiya Hussain

A brand-new picture book from the winner of The Great British Bake Off and national treasure, Nadiya Hussain, beautifully illustrated by Ella Bailey. I love to go to school. Well, most days I do.There are some days when what I really wantis to stay at home with you. A touching story about finding your inner strength, written by BBC TV star […]

Should We Fall Behind

By Sharon Duggal

Jimmy Noone walks from one side of a sprawling city to the other, looking for Betwa, a friend he found and lost on the bustling city streets. Jimmy becomes the catalyst for lost lives colliding, exposing stories of tenderness, devotion, displacement and tragedy, and the subtle threads of commonality which intersect them all, making the invisible, visible again.

Wish We Knew What to Say: Talking With Children About Race

By Dr Pragya Agarwal

We want our children to thrive and flourish in a diverse, multi-cultural world and we owe it to them to help them make sense of the confusing and emotionally charged messages they receive about themselves and others. These early years are the most crucial when children are curious about the world around them, but are also quick to form stereotypes […]

The Family Tree

By Sairish Hussain

Your roots can always lead you home… Amjad cradles his baby daughter in the middle of the night. He has no time to mourn his wife’s death. Saahil and Zahra, his two small children, are relying on him. Amjad vows to love and protect them always. Years later, Saahil and his best friend, Ehsan, have finished university and are celebrating with friends. But when […]

All On The Board: Inspirational quotes from the TfL underground duo

By Jeremy Chopra and Ian Redpath

Transport for London employees and dynamic masked duo, All on the Board (aka Jeremy and Ian), made it their mission to bring smiles to the faces of London commuters through writing creative messages, quotes and poems on the underground’s service information boards. ‘We were tired of looking at a board that just said “keep right” and thought can’t we do […]

Feel Great Lose Weight: Long term, simple habits for lasting and sustainable weight loss

By Dr Rangan Chatterjee

It's more important than ever before that we get in shape, stay healthy and live well - Dr Chatterjee is back to show you how. Weight loss isn't a race. It isn't one size fits all. Drawing on twenty years of experience as a GP, Dr Rangan Chatterjee has created a conscious, long-lasting approach to weight loss that goes far […]

Doctor’s Kitchen 3-2-1

By Dr Rupy Aujla

3-2-1 is a brand new way of cooking delicious food, that is completely life changing. Every recipe is formulated to contain 3 portions of fruit and vegetables per person, serving 2 people and all made in one pan. That’s it! Curries, Stews, Traybakes, Casseroles, Salads and more. Take the effort out of cooking and put health and enjoyment back in. […]

How To Change The World

By Rashmi Sirdeshpande

Could you and your friends change the world? This book will inspire you with 15 true stories of groups of amazing humans who've changed the world. Discover the astonishing things humans can achieve: from the campaign for women's votes, to the efforts to heal the ozone layer. Or travel back to the start of democracy in Ancient Greece, and into […]

A Double Detectives Medical Mystery: Diagnosis Danger

By Roopa Farooki

Ali and Tulip know all about being medics. They know something about being detectives too, which is a good job because there’s a new case that needs their skills. A fun fresh take on the detective genre, full of excitement, humour, and medical know-how!

The Skills: How to Win at Work

By Mishal Husain

Whether you’re a new graduate, a working mum, returning to work after a career break or simply seeking a job change, The Skills explains: Preparation, Planning, Starting Out – how to learn from those around you and navigate your first years on the career ladder Speaking Up, Standing Up, Keeping Sharp – how to make the best first impressions, tips for public speaking and […]

The Storyteller of Ketu: Band 11+/Lime Plus

By Chitra Soundar

Collins Big Cat supports every primary child on their reading journey from phonics to fluency. Top authors and illustrators have created fiction and non-fiction books that children love to read. Book banded for guided and independent reading, there are reading notes in the back, comprehensive teaching and assessment support and ebooks available. The people of Ketu are master artisans. They […]

The Star Outside My Window

By Onjali Q Raúf

From the award-winning author of The Boy at the Back of the Class comes a middle grade novel about the power of hope to sustain even when tragedy strikes. Ten-year-old Aniyah and her little brother Noah find themselves living in foster care after the sudden disappearance of their mum. With her life in disarray, Aniyah knows just one thing for sure: her […]

Make It Happen

By Amika George

The world is waking up to the fact that society is arranged to benefit some more than others. There is much that needs changing. And you can be the one to do it. Anyone can make history, including a teenager launching a global campaign from their bedroom. And Amika will show you how, in this essential and inspirational step-by-step guide to being […]

Passing: An Alternative History of Identity

By Lipika Pelham

A slave woman in 1840s America dresses as a white, disabled man to escape to freedom, while a twenty-first-century black rights activist is ‘cancelled’ for denying her whiteness. A Victorian explorer disguises himself as a Muslim in Arabia’s forbidden holy city. A trans man claiming to have been assigned male at birth is exposed and murdered by bigots in 1993. […]

How We Met: A Memoir About Grief, Love and Growing up

By Huma Qureshi

You can't choose who you fall in love with, they say. If only it were that simple. Growing up in Walsall in the 1990s, Huma straddled two worlds - school and teenage crushes in one, and the expectations and unwritten rules of her family's south Asian social circle in the other. Reconciling the two was sometimes a tightrope act, but […]

Empireland: How Imperialism Has Shaped Modern Britain

By Sathnam Sanghera

In his brilliantly illuminating new book Sathnam Sanghera demonstrates how so much of what we consider to be modern Britain is actually rooted in our imperial past. In prose that is, at once, both clear-eyed and full of acerbic wit, Sanghera shows how our past is everywhere: from how we live to how we think, from the foundation of the […]

The Discomfort Zone: How to Get What You Want by Living Fearlessly

By Farrah Storr

While it is human nature to shy away from things that are outside of our comfort zone, it is only by spending time in our discomfort zone that we can grow, and improve, and realise our full potential. Whether it's putting yourself forward for a new challenge, asking for difficult feedback, nailing a presentation or getting a dream job, in this book […]

Brown Baby: A Memoir of Race, Family and Home

By Nikesh Shukla

From the editor of The Good Immigrant. We have to believe in hope in these dark uncertain times. Hope brings us together. How do you find hope and even joy in a world that is racist, sexist and facing climate crisis? How do you prepare your children for it, but also fill them with all the boundlessness and eccentricity that they […]

Karachi Vice: Life and Death in a Contested City

By Samira Shackle

Karachi. The capital of Pakistan is a sprawling mega-city of 20 million people. It is a place of political turbulence in which those who have power wield it with brutal and partisan force, a place in which it pays to have friends in the right places and to avoid making deadly enemies. It is a society where lavish wealth and […]

How to Argue With a Racist: History, Science, Race and Reality

By Adam Rutherford

Racist pseudoscience may be on the rise, but science is no ally to racists. Instead science and history can be powerful allies against bigotry, granting us the clearest view of how people actually are, rather than how we judge them to be. How to Argue With a Racist dismantles outdated notions of race by illuminating what modern genetics can and […]

Hashim & Family

By Shahnaz Ahsan

It is New Year's Eve, 1960. Hashim has left behind his homeland and his bride, Munira, to seek his fortune in England. His cousin and only friend, Rofikul, introduces Hashim to life in Manchester - including Rofikul's girlfriend, Helen. When Munira arrives, the group must learn what it is to be a family. Over the next twenty years, they make […]

Where Hope Comes From: Healing poetry for the heart, mind and soul

By Nikita Gill

In Where Hope Comes From: poems for a broken world, Instagram superstar and poet Nikita Gill returns to her roots with her most personal collection yet. Sharing a number of poems that she wrote when the world went into lockdown, this collection will include the phenomenal Love in the Time of Coronavirus which was shared across social media over 20,000 […]

Diary of a Film

By Niven Govinden

An auteur, together with his lead actors, is at a prestigious European festival to premiere his latest film. Alone one morning at a backstreet café, he strikes up a conversation with a local woman who takes him on a walk to uncover the city's secrets, historic and personal. As the walk unwinds, a story of love and tragedy emerges, and […]

Kololo Hill

By Neema Shah

When you’re left with nothing but your secrets, how do you start again? Uganda 1972 A devastating decree is issued: all Ugandan Asians must leave the country in ninety days. They must take only what they can carry, give up their money and never return. For Asha and Pran, married a matter of months, it means abandoning the family business […]

How to Grow Up and Feel Amazing

By Dr Ranj Singh

What does it mean to be a boy? And I'm not just talking about what you have between your legs, but what life is really like for boys. Growing up is a real minefield! So I've put everything I've learned both from my career as an NHS doctor and my own life experiences into this twenty-first century guide to being […]

The Mercies

By Kiran Millwood Hargrave

For readers of Circe and The Handmaid’s Tale, Kiran Millwood Hargrave's The Mercies is a story about how suspicion can twist its way through a community, and about a love that could prove as dangerous as it is powerful. Winter, 1617. The sea around the remote Norwegian island of Vardø is thrown into a reckless storm. A young woman, Maren, watches as the men of […]

Little Badman and the Radioactive Samosa: World Book Day 2021

By Humza Arshad

You've heard of Little Badman, right? No? Oh. Well. . . Doesn't matter. You will do one day. He's gonna be big. Little Badman, aka Humza Khan, has saved the world TWICE. So it's lucky when Humza and his friends narrowly avoid being hit by rock from outer-space. What does get hit is a box of delicious samosas, which turn . . […]

Kika & Me: How One Extraordinary Guide Dog Changed My World

By Dr Amit Patel

Amit Patel is working as a trauma doctor when a rare condition causes him to lose his sight within thirty-six hours. Totally dependent on others and terrified of stepping outside with a white cane after he's assaulted, he hits rock bottom. He refuses to leave home on his own for three months. With the support of his wife Seema he […]

The Muslim Problem: Why We’re Wrong About Islam and Why It Matters

By Tawseef Khan

Why are Muslim men portrayed as inherently violent? Does the veil violate women's rights? Is Islam stopping Muslims from integrating? Across western societies, Muslims are more misunderstood than any other minority. But what does it mean to believe in Islam today, to have forged your beliefs and identity in the shadow of 9/11 and the War on Terror? Exploding stereotypes […]

The Prosecutor

By Nazir Afzal

Nazir Afzal knows a thing or two about justice. As a Chief Prosecutor, it was his job to make sure the most complex, violent and harrowing crimes made it to court, and that their perpetrators were convicted. From the Rochdale sex ring to the earliest prosecutions for honour killing and modern slavery, Nazir was at the forefront of the British […]

Wanderland

By Jini Reddy

Alone on a remote mountaintop one dark night, a woman hears a mysterious voice. Propelled by the memory and after years of dreaming about it, Jini Reddy dares to delve into the 'wanderlands' of Britain, heading off in search of the magical in the landscape. A London journalist with multicultural roots and a perennial outsider, she determinedly sets off on […]

The Khan

By Saima Mir

Be twice as good as men and four times as good as white men. Jia Khan has always lived like this. A successful lawyer, her London life is a long way from the grubby Northern streets she knew as a child, where her father headed up the Pakistani community and ran the local organised crime syndicate. Often his Jirga rule […]

A Secret of Birds & Bone

By Kiran Millwood Hargrave

In an Italian city ravaged by plague, Sofia's mother carves beautiful mementoes from the bones of loved ones. But one day, she doesn't return home. Did her work lead her into danger? Sofia and her little brother Ermin are sent to the convent orphanage but soon escape, led by an enigmatic new friend and their pet crow, Corvith. Together they […]

Rumaysa: A Fairytale

By Radiya Hafiza

'Rumaysa, Rumaysa, let down your hijab!'For as long as she can remember Rumaysa has been locked away in her tall, tall tower, forced to use her magic to spin straw into gold for the evil Witch and unable to leave. Until one day, after dropping a hijab out of her small tower-window, Rumaysa realizes how she might be able to […]

Mayhem Mission (My Laugh-Out-Loud Life 1)

By Burhana Islam

Yusuf's older sister is getting married. He's ready for the delicious food, the fun with his cousins and the many presents but he s NOT ready to take her place as the responsible one. His only option: cause some chaos and ruin the wedding. The first book in the hysterically funny MY LAUGH-OUT-LOUD LIFE series will have you crying with […]

Fragile Monsters

By Catherine Menon

Mary is a difficult grandmother for Durga to love. She is sharp-tongued and ferocious, with more demons than there are lines on her palms. When Durga visits her in rural Malaysia, she only wants to endure Mary, and the dark memories home brings, for as long as it takes to escape. But a reckoning is coming. Stuck together in the […]

Healing Is the New High

By Vex King

Achieve genuine inner healing, let go of trauma and find clarity, resilience and freedom with #1 Sunday Times bestselling author Vex King. Vex developed powerful inner healing techniques to help him break free from his troubled past, heal his emotional pain and trauma, and create a new and empowering belief system. Since then, he's helped thousands of people worldwide unlock […]

We’re Here Because You Were There: Immigration and the End of Empire

By Ian Patel

What are the origins of the hostile environment for immigrants in Britain? Drawing on new archival material from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Ian Sanjay Patel retells Britain's recent history in an often shocking account of state racism that still resonates today. In a series of post-war immigration laws, Britain's colonial and Commonwealth citizens from the Caribbean, Asia and Africa […]

Barbara Throws a Wobbler

By Nadia Shireen

Barbara is having one of those days. She has a sock problem and there's a strange pea. Then, all of a sudden, Barbara's Wobbler is out of control! But what happens when a bad mood like this comes along? Barbara has a lot to learn about the ways of wobblers in this laugh-out-loud story from Nadia Shireen.

Lessons in Love and Other Crimes

By Elizabeth Chakrabarty

Tesya has reasons to feel hopeful after leaving her last job, where she was subjected to a series of anonymous hate crimes. Now she is back home in London to start a new lecturing position, and has begun an exciting, if tumultuous, love affair with the enigmatic Holly. But this idyllic new start quickly sours. Tesya finds herself victimized again […]

Stronger: Changing Everything I Knew About Women’s Strength

By Poorna Bell

On the darkest of nights, I feel my sense of strength burn with the flame of something bigger than myself. It reminds me that things change, because I have made them change. Stronger will change what you think you know about strength and most importantly, empower you to go on your own journey to discover what strength looks like for you. […]

The Court of Miracles: The Court of Miracles Trilogy (1): Book 1

By Kester Grant

Les Misérables meets Six of Crows in this page-turning adventure as a young thief finds herself going head to head with leaders of Paris's criminal underground in the wake of a failed French Revolution. Liberty 1828 and the citizens of Paris still mourn in the wake of their failed revolution. Among them, in the dark alleys and crumbling cathedrals of the city, the […]

I Belong Here: A Journey Along the Backbone of Britain

By Anita Sethi

"I knew in every bone of my body, in every fibre of my being, that I had to report what had happened, not only for myself but to help stop anyone else having to go through what I did. I knew I could not remain silent, or still, I could not stop walking through the world." Anita Sethi was on […]

The Green Barbecue: Modern Vegan & Vegetarian Recipes to Cook Outdoors & In

By Rukmini Iyer

With summer on the horizon, it's time to make the most of the sunny days by sticking on the grill and getting some great food on the barbecue. If prepping a meat-free bbq seems a challenge, think again: this collection of 75 flavour-packed and mouth-watering recipes is completely meat-free. Whether you're entertaining for vegetarian guests or you're preparing a flexitarian […]

How to Kidnap the Rich: ‘Fans of My Sister the Serial Killer, Parasite and Crazy Rich Asians will be enthralled’ Cosmopolitan

By Rahul Raina

Ramesh is an 'examinations consultant'. He is a cog in the wheel that keeps India's middle classes thriving. When he takes an exam for Rudi – an intolerably lazy but rich teenager – he accidentally scores the highest mark in the country and propels Rudi into stardom. What next?Blackmail. Reality television. Grotesque wealth. And after that?Kidnap. Double-kidnap. Reverse kidnap. In […]

A Sliver of Moon and a Shard of Truth (Stories from India)

By Chitra Soundar

Prince Veera's great-uncle, Raja Apoorva, invites the prince and his best friend, Suku, to the summer festival in Peetalpur, where they participate in some of the competitions. Can they make the peahen sing, though peahens can't sing? Or win the painting competition, or even defeat the country's champion wrestler? The boys face each challenge with great wit and wisdom. Back […]

China Room

By Sunjeev Sahota

A multigenerational novel of love, oppression, trauma and the pursuit of freedom, inspired in part by the author's own family history, China Room twines together the stories of a woman and a man separated by more than half a century but united by blood. Mehar, a young bride in rural 1929 Punjab, is trying to discover the identity of her new husband. […]

Foodology: A food-lover’s guide to digestive health and happiness

By Saliha Mahmood Ahmed

Written by a gastroenterologist and award-winning food writer, Foodology offers a unique perspective on the joy of eating. Explaining the process of digestion and how the food we eat influences the way we feel, Saliha draws on the latest science and her own experiences as both a doctor and a cook, to bring the subject to life. From childhood memories of devouring […]

Ride or Die

By Khurrum Rahman

JAY QASIM is trying to lay low after nearly being killed, for the second time. But then he gets word that notorious terrorist and his father The Teacher is still alive. And finally bringing him down means Jay breaking his vow never to work with MI5 again and turning to the person who has sold him down the river before. IMRAN […]

Never Teach a Stegosaurus to Do Sums

By Rashmi Sirdeshpande

A love letter to learning and the power of numbers from exciting talents, Rashmi Sirdeshpande and Diane Ewen. A laugh-out-loud 'what if . . .?' adventure that celebrates maths being fun in this riotous read. If a Stegosaurus knew how to do sums - well, what would happen? Maybe she'd learn to code, to invent, to fly to the moon! […]

The Snake of Gold: Independent Reading Purple 8 (Reading Champion)

By Chitra Soundar

This story is part of Reading Champion, a series carefully linked to book bands to encourage independent reading skills, developed with Dr Sue Bodman and Glen Franklin of UCL Institute of Education (IOE) Reading Champion offers independent reading books for children to practise and reinforce their developing reading skills. Fantastic, original stories are accompanied by engaging artwork and a reading […]

The Waiter

By Ajay Chowdhury

Kamil Rahman, disgraced detective, turned waiter, is about to find himself embroiled in a case that might just change his life...for better or for worse. Ex-detective Kamil Rahman moves from Kolkata to London to start afresh as a waiter in an Indian restaurant. But the day he caters an extravagant party for his boss's rich and powerful friend, the peace […]

Cut from the Same Cloth?: Muslim Women on Life in Britain

By Sabeena Akhtar

Do you wear that at home? Where are you really from? Does he make you wear that? Do you support acts of terror? Do you believe in British values? Can I see your hair? Do you have equality? Are you hot in that? Can you be a feminist? Why don t you just take it off? Do you wear that in the shower? Are you oppressed? From modern pop culture to […]

Midnight at Malabar House (The Malabar House Series)

By Vaseem Khan

Bombay, New Year's Eve, 1949 As India celebrates the arrival of a momentous new decade, Inspector Persis Wadia stands vigil in the basement of Malabar House, home to the city's most unwanted unit of police officers. Six months after joining the force she remains India's first female police detective, mistrusted, sidelined and now consigned to the midnight shift.And so, when […]

The Startup Wife

By Tahmima Anam

Halfway through her PhD and already dreaming of running her own lab, computer scientist Asha has her future all mapped out. Then a chance meeting and whirlwind romance with her old high-school crush, Cyrus, changes everything. Dreaming big, together with their friend Jules they come up with a revolutionary idea: to build a social networking app that could bring meaning […]

(M)otherhood: On the choices of being a woman

By Pragya Agarwal

In a world where women have more choices than ever, society nevertheless continues to exert the stigma and pressures of less enlightened times when it comes to childbirth, defining women by whether they embrace or reject motherhood, and whether they can have children or not. Dr Pragya Agarwal uses her own varied experiences and choices around motherhood to examine the […]

I Know What I Saw

By Imran Mahmood

I saw it. He smothered her, pressing his hands on her face. The police don't believe me, they say it's impossible - but I know what I saw. This is Xander Shute: once a wealthy banker, now living on the streets. As he shelters for the night in an empty Mayfair flat, he hears its occupants returning home, and scrambles […]

Consumed: A Sister’s Story

By Arifa Akbar

All happy families are alike; each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way. When Arifa Akbar discovered that her sister had fallen seriously ill, she assumed there would be a brief spell in hospital and then she’d be home. This was not to be. It was not until the day before she died that the family discovered she was […]

A Dutiful Boy

By Mohsin Zaidi

A coming of age memoir about growing up queer in a strict Muslim household. Mohsin grew up in a poor pocket of east London, in a devout shia Muslim community. His family were close-knit and religiously conservative. From a young age, Mohsin felt different but in a home where being gay was inconceivable he also felt very alone. Outside of […]

The Blood Divide

By A. A. Dhand

The last thing Jack Baxi expected when a detective rang his doorbell in the middle of the night was that he'd be tortured and left for dead, with a young woman he's never met before. Now, running for their lives, Jack and Aisha frantically try to discover why the detective was so convinced they both have information on a missing […]

Cut Short: Youth Violence, Loss and Hope in the City

By Ciaran Thapar

Demetri wants to study criminology at university to understand why people around him carry knives. Jhemar is determined to advocate for his community following the murder of a loved one. Carl's exclusion leaves him vulnerable to the sinister school-to-prison pipeline, but he is resolute to defy expectations. And Tony, the tireless manager of a community centre, is fighting not only […]

Good News! Why the World isn’t as Bad as You Think

By Rashmi Sirdeshpande

A positive, reassuring and anxiety-eliminating book helping children change the way they think about the world Pandemics, war, terror, natural disasters - the world feels scarier than ever. And we're being inundated with rolling coverage on our TV screens, tablets, phones, computers... So much so that politics, global warming, health and the global economy are now some of the biggest […]

You People

By Nikita Lalwani

The Pizzeria Vesuvio looks like any other Italian restaurant in London - with a few small differences. The chefs who make the pizza fiorentinas are Sri Lankan, and half the kitchen staff are illegal immigrants. At the centre is Tuli, the restaurant's charismatic proprietor and resident Robin Hood, who promises to help anyone in need. Welsh nineteen-year-old Nia, haunted by […]

The Dying Day

By Vaseem Khan

A priceless manuscript. A missing scholar. A trail of riddles. Bombay, 1950 For over a century, one of the world's great treasures, a six-hundred-year-old copy of Dante's The Divine Comedy, has been safely housed at Bombay's Asiatic Society. But when it vanishes, together with the man charged with its care, British scholar and war hero, John Healy, the case lands on […]

Mr Shaha’s Marvellous Machines

By Alom Shaha

Transform and recycle household objects into your very own home-made toys and machines! Learn about the centre of gravity by making a balancing bird, create a toroidal vortex with a smoke-ring machine, and turn a spoon into an electromagnet. Chances are you won’t need to buy the materials required for these machines because they’re all in your house right now. […]

The Right Sort of Girl

By Anita Rani

'I'm a girl and northern and brown, didn't you know? A triple threat!' Trying to navigate her Indian world at home and the British world outside her front door, Anita Rani was a girl who didn't ­fit in anywhere. She was always destined to stand out: from playing Mary in her otherwise all white nursery nativity to growing up in […]

Would I Lie to You?

By Aliya Ali-Afzal

From fresh new voice Aliya Ali-Afzal, Would I Lie to You? is a page-turning, warm and funny debut about what happens when you have your dream life – and are about to lose it. At the school gates, Faiza fits in. It took a few years, but now the snobbish mothers who mistook her for the nanny treat her as one of […]

The Giant Dark

By Sarvat Hasin

The Giant Dark is an award-winning debut novel about love and fame. Aida is a rock star at her peak with a devoted cultish fanbase who follow her every move. When she disappears into a complicated love affair with an ex, they are determined to uncover her truths. After a decade of silence, Aida and Ehsan reconnect, hoping to recreate the […]

Manju’s Magic Muddle

By Chitra Soundar

A funny, magical story, ideal for children practising their reading at home or in school. Manju's stuck at home and she is most definitely BORED. Looking for entertainment, she summons the genie from the magic lamp. When he turns up with a terrible cold, the genie can't hear any of Manju's wishes properly and his magic is even more strange […]

Sway: Unravelling Unconscious Bias

By Dr Pragya Agarwal

For the first time, behavioural and data scientist, activist and writer Dr Pragya Agarwal unravels the way our implicit or 'unintentional' biases affect the way we communicate and perceive the world, how they affect our decision-making, and how they reinforce and perpetuate systemic and structural inequalities. Sway is a thoroughly researched and comprehensive look at unconscious bias and how it impacts […]

The Roles We Play

By Sabba Khan

The Roles We Play is Sabba Khan's debut graphic novel collecting a series of short essays that explore themes of identity, belonging and memory within the East London Pakistani Muslim diaspora. Together the stories paint a vivid snapshot of contemporary British Asian life and the complex generational shifts experienced within migrant communities today. Issues of race, gender and class are […]

Minarets in the Mountains: A Journey Into Muslim Europe

By Tharik Hussain

A magical, eye-opening account of a journey into a Europe that rarely makes the news and is in danger of being erased altogether. Another Europe. A Europe few people believe exists and many wish didn't. Muslim Europe. Writer and documentary-maker Tharik Hussain sets off with his wife and young daughters around the Western Balkans, home to the largest indigenous Muslim […]

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