On Tuesday 26 January, Pakistani writer Omar Shahid Hamid is due to present his second book ‘The Spinner’s Tale’ at the Frontline Club. We really enjoyed his debut novel ‘The Prisoner’, a story of Karachi, its police, politics, layers of corruption and violence, all based around real events, namely the assassination of Mir Murtaza Bhutto, and the kidnapping of Daniel Pearl. Omar was also longlisted for the Prisoner amongst two other Pakistani writers for the 2015 DSC Prize for South Asian Literature.
The Spinner’s Tale introduces three friends studying in a posh Karachi school, with one of them (Ausi), transforming into Sheikh Ahmed Uzair Sufi, a jihadi leader – a story not dissimilar to that of Omar Saeed Shaikh, who was arrested in 2002 for Daniel Pearl’s kidnapping and has been in Hyderabad Central jail since. From what we know of this new book, it’s also an expose into the stark polarisation of Pakistani society and its deep-rooted injustices and inequalities, charting some of the rarely talked about reasons that lead to radicalisation and extremism.
Omar Shahid Hamid will read excerpts from the new book and then answer questions at the event moderated by journalist and author Owen Bennett Jones.
When: Tuesday 26 January 2016
Where: Frontline Club, 13 Norfolk Pl, London W2 1QJ
Website: Frontline Club