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The Last Word

Hanif Kureishi

An outrageous, clever and very funny novel of sex, lies, art and what defines a life.

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Mamoon is an eminent Indian-born writer who has made a career in England — but now, in his early seventies, his reputation is fading, his book sales have dried up and his new wife has expensive tastes. Harry, a young writer, is commissioned to write a biography to revitalise Mamoon’s career. He greatly admires Mamoon’s work and wants to uncover the truth of the artist’s life, but Harry’s publisher seeks a more salacious tale of sex and scandal to generate headlines. Meanwhile, Mamoon himself is mining a different truth altogether — but which one of them will have the last word?


Hanif Kureishi was born and brought up in Kent. He read philosophy at King’s College, London. In 1981 he won the George Devine Award for his plays¬†Outskirts¬†and¬†Borderline, and in 1982 he was appointed Writer-in-Residence at the Royal Court Theatre. In 1984 he wrote¬†My Beautiful Laundrette, which received an Oscar nomination for Best Screenplay. His second screenplay¬†Sammy¬†and Rosie Get Laid¬†(1987) was…

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