Something to Tell You

Hanif Kureishi

‘Superb … No one else casts such a shrewd and gimlet eye on contemporary life.’ William Boyd

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Jamal Khan, a psychoanalyst in his fifties living in London, is haunted by memories of his teens: his first love, Ajita; the exhilaration of sex, drugs and politics; and a brutal act of violence which changed his life for ever. As he and his best friend Henry attempt to make the sometimes painful, sometimes comic transition to their divorced middle age, balancing the conflicts of desire and dignity, Jamal’s teenage traumas make a shocking reappearance in his present life.

‘A great comic writer and a peerless connoisseur of the human mystery.’ Independent

‘A novel that describes with such elegant seriousness the fear of ageing, the inanition of pleasure, the survival of love, the longing to understand and be understood.’ Sunday Telegraph

‘A vital, teeming, panoramic, immersive novel.’ Time Out

‘There is more that is worth thinking about in Something to Tell You than in the work of almost any other current British novelist.’ Evening Standard


Hanif Kureishi grew up in Kent and studied philosophy at King’s College London. His novels include The Buddha of Suburbia, which won the Whitbread Prize for Best First Novel, The Black Album, Intimacy and The Last Word. His screenplays include My Beautiful Laundrette, which received an Oscar nomination for Best Screenplay, Sammy and Rosie Get Laid and Le Week-End. He…

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