The Secret Lives of the Amir Sisters #2020

The Secret Lives of the Amir Sisters By Nadiya Hussain The Secret Lives of the Amir Sisters The four Amir sisters Fatima Farah Bubblee and Mae are the only young Muslims in the quaint English village of Wyvernage On the outside despite not quite fitting in with their neighbours the Amirs
  • Title: The Secret Lives of the Amir Sisters
  • Author: Nadiya Hussain
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  • The Secret Lives of the Amir Sisters By Nadiya Hussain The four Amir sisters Fatima, Farah, Bubblee and Mae are the only young Muslims in the quaint English village of Wyvernage.On the outside, despite not quite fitting in with their neighbours, the Amirs are happy But on the inside, each sister is secretly struggling.Fatima is trying to find out who she really is and after fifteen attempts, finally pass her driving tesThe four Amir sisters Fatima, Farah, Bubblee and Mae are the only young Muslims in the quaint English village of Wyvernage.On the outside, despite not quite fitting in with their neighbours, the Amirs are happy But on the inside, each sister is secretly struggling.Fatima is trying to find out who she really is and after fifteen attempts, finally pass her driving test Farah is happy being a wife but longs to be a mother Bubblee is determined to be an artist in London, away from family tradition, and Mae is coping with burgeoning Youtube stardom.Yet when family tragedy strikes, it brings the Amir sisters closer together and forces them to learn about life, love, faith and each other than they ever thought possible.
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    1. Nadiya Hussain

      Nadiya Hussain is a British baker, columnist, author and television presenter The Secret Lives of the Amir Sisters is her debut novel.Hussain was born to a British Bangladeshi family in Luton, where she grew up She developed her interest in cooking while at school and largely self educated herself in cooking by reading recipe books and watching instructional videos on YouTube She married and moved to Leeds, where she began studying for an Open University degree In 2015 she appeared on the BBC s The Great British Bake Off and won the contest She was subsequently invited to produce a cake for the 90th birthday celebrations of Queen Elizabeth II and to present her own BBC documentary, The Chronicles of Nadiya.Hussain is a columnist for The Times Magazine and Essentials magazine, has signed publishing deals with Penguin Random House, Hodder Children s Books, and Harlequin She is also a regular reporter for The One Show and a guest panellist on Loose Women Hussain was named by Debrett s as one of the 500 most influential people in the UK in 2016 Hussain was on BBC News 100 Women list in 2016.

    430 thoughts on “The Secret Lives of the Amir Sisters”

    1. When Nadiya Hussain entered the BBC television competition The Great British Bake Off in 2015 she not only won the top prize but also stole the hearts of everyone who watched that series This is her first foray into light fiction and what a debut it is That same warmth and humanity that she showed on T.V shines through in this novel However it must be noted that at the beginning of the book it states that this was written by Nadiya with Ayisha Malik, and Nadiya thanks her in her acknowledgements [...]

    2. I was really doing all I could to like this book The first half is painfully slow with the same bland everyday themes repeating themselves over and over Nothing really was happening What was the story The latter half was somewhat improved but overall this is a very disappointing read It s being published with high expectations on the author from an adoring public who are fans of her cooking books and Great British Bakeoff success For those feats I say bravo This lady can make a cake Inspirationa [...]

    3. Firstly, let me make clear my bias I am a lover of The Great British Bakeoff, and I m still upset about the changes to the show coming for the next series and don t know how I feel about it, and one of our family favourites from the show was Nadiya, my Dad called it right at the start, he thought there was something about her and sure enough he was right When I saw this book at the library there was very little chance I wasn t going to love it.This book is told from the perspective of the four A [...]

    4. This book is the debut from Nadiya Hussain the winner of Great British Bake Off 2015 I ve noticed that Nadiya has dipped into creative writing before with her Bake Me A Story which is a recipe book accompanied by original stories but this is her first full length novel The story is centred around the Amir Sisters, living in a small English village Fatima is in her thirties and has failed her driving test fifteen times and gains her income from being a hand model, Mae is a teenager with a YouTube [...]

    5. Lightning review at Smart Bitches, Trashy BooksOne of the important things that books do for us is provide a window into other lives What Nadiya Hussain does in her debut novel is give us a window into a Bangladeshi family that lives in a small village in England, with four daughters and a son and a number of secrets.What I liked about this is how normal this family was in all of their messiness There s some melodrama, and some of it derives from their Bangladeshi roots, but most of it is caused [...]

    6. I really enjoyed this book, and found it gave me an interesting insight to a Bangladeshi family that lives in England, and its a fusion of Easts meets West The Amir sisters are all very different people, and the narrative is split into all four of the sisters, for a chapter focusing on each at a time The one thing they all have in common is they don t tell their parent s everything and all seem just a bit frustrated about how their brother appears to be the favourite at all times, despite being [...]

    7. I love Nadiya Hussain If you are a fan of The Great British Bake Off, you probably love her too Nadiya was the winner in 2015, and she is, by all accounts the most popular winner in the history of the show Charming, warm, funny, self deprecating and gifted with a marvelously expressive face, she made all of us fall in love with her.Since winning TGBBO, Nadiya has published a cookbook which I received as a surprise present last week from a lovely friend who lives in England , presented a TV show, [...]

    8. I received a copy via Net Galley This story follows the lives of four sisters whose family is from Bangladesh I really liked the aspect of family that is in this book It is very much focused on family rather than romance which made a refreshing change Each chapter is told from the perspective of a different sister Sometimes I had to go back to remind which sister we were following as it wasn t always clear I thought that each sister felt very realistic, they weren t perfect characters and they h [...]

    9. Having watched Nadiya win The Great British Bake Off I eagerly requested this book It follows four sisters with differing personalities with a Bangladeshi background Nadiya said she was keen to write the type of book she would have been keen to read growing up and that she wanted to write about what she knows.Apparently she has been writing since she was a young girl and has said that there are plenty of stories that could see the light of day The characters were fairly well drawn you got to kno [...]

    10. I approached this story with trepidation Nadiya Hussain is an engaging, charming and likeable person on TV, but that does not mean she can tell a story and not all celebrities can write I was relieved to find myself quickly immersed and engrossed in the secret lives of the Amir sisters from the only brown family in the small community of Wyvernage The book explores themes of identity, family, love, culture and expectations A major crisis has repercussions for each of the sisters as secrets are r [...]

    11. I loved Ayisha Malik s Sofia Khan is Not Obliged, I loved Nadiya Hussain on Bake Off, and so for me this book represents a total dream team of Muslim female talent That in itself feels like something special, and much needed, and happily what they ve produced is a story that s a lovely look at the life of a British Muslim family It s gentle and sweet, and I had a great time reading it In a market that s full of books about the lives of white middle class women, the Amirs make a wonderful change [...]

    12. Nadiya Hussain was the popular winner of The Great British Bake Off two years ago and endeared herself to the nation She has written some cookbooks and even made her own documentary charting her journey back to India which proved to make for very enjoyable viewing Now she is turning her hand to fiction with Ayisha Malik whom it was nice to see get a mention within the introductory pages I think there is nothing worse than celebs writing books and passing them off as their own when there has been [...]

    13. I picked up this book because of the GBBO and I liked the sound of the summary When I saw it in my library, I snatched it up There were good and bad points I really liked all the characters, especially the four sisters Thanks to the switching POVs, you got to know each of the sisters perspectives and you could empathise with each and every sister Bubblee s words sounded insensitive from Farah s perspective but in her own POV chapter, you could see what she meant and why she said it Mae may look [...]

    14. Growing up in the English village of Wyvernage, the Amir family are used to being the only Asian family around Each of the sibling has their own issues Fatima is overweight and cannot seem to pass her driving test even with the help of her long suffering instructor Ash Farah is happily married but cannot get pregnant Bubblee has moved to London and is determined to avoid having a marriage arranged by the family only son Jahangeer mysteriously will not say what his job is and is in contact rarely [...]

    15. Ok so this book had an interesting story line and subject matters However what I felt really spoiled the book were the characters While I liked Farah and Fatima, who were the two caring sisters, I didn t like the other characters so much I felt sorry for the girl s father, and Malik who d come from Bangladesh I felt that most of the characters were selfish, arrogant, rude and pathetic in a way Fatima started off really nice and kind, but started changing a little as with Farah I think I can t re [...]

    16. I love Nadiya so was interested to read her foray into novel writing This tells the story of a large family with lots of issues at a particularly turbulent time in their lives I thought it was a charming story, whilst perhaps not the smoothest writing in the world, but still the kind of story that sucks you in from the first moment I had to know what happened.I think it suffered a little from having so many protagonists, I would have liked to spend time with each of the girls, so perhaps having [...]

    17. This delightful heart warming story involves four sisters in an English village where they are the only Muslims and the only migrants from Bangladesh Bubblee wants to be an artist and lives in a flat in London Mum an Dad do not approve Mae is still at school and runs around filming everyone for her social media blogs, and Youtube Farah, happily married just wants a baby Fatima is desperate to pass her driving test and become a person in her own right and not just mum s best helper.When Farah s h [...]

    18. I finished this book in 24 hours Seriously could not put it down I am Desi myself family originally from India, Muslim and I found a lot of me and my family in this It was Bollywood drama but with just enough over the top to make it funny yet still real Loved how each sister was well defined though Fatima and her cheese tubes Vom, as Mae would say, LOL Still, I didn t see the conflicts that came in That was refreshing, in that one of the twists had not been done or else I hadn t seen it before.H [...]

    19. A fluffy novel written by Nadiya Hussain, winner of the 2015 British Bakeoff, with assistance from a co writer.I expected it to be charming than it all turned out Four Bangladeshi sisters, one brother and their parents live in England The rebel sister is a Londoner trying to make it as an artist, her twin has chosen marriage, with a cousin and a conventional life in the small village where a teenage sister and the oldest sister live with their parents The narrative alternates between each siste [...]

    20. The Great British Bake Off in 2015 catapulted Nadiya into the public consciousness and the warmth of her personality won over a nation Since being crowned champion she has gone from strength to strength In this, her debut novel, she brings a tale of four girls next door who just happen to be Bangladeshi Whilst gently inviting us to observe family life from a different cultural perspective, its strength is in showing the reader that ultimately the collective loyalties and tensions, and individual [...]

    21. A pretty light read, fairly quick to read Initially I found having different chapters from each of the four sisters a bit confusing because at times their voices and thoughts weren t distinct enough, but by about half way through it was mainly just from the point of view of two of the sisters, and one rarely featured in her own voice again I found ending came out of the blue and seemed a bit rushed I didn t know the author had won Bake Off not having watched that , and then saw that she had not [...]

    22. I was a bit sceptical about this book thinking it was published only to cash in on Hussain s GBBO victory and thought that it probably wouldn t be that good I couldnt imagine when she d have the time a book Despite my initial misgivings I found myself actually quite enjoying this book The characters were likable and believable and I wanted to know how their stories turned out A nice light read I m glad I picked up on a whim.

    23. This book was added to my to read list in a fit of anger at an article disparaging why Nadiya was given a book deal I desperately wanted to love this book but unfortunately found it very average That said I do not regret reading it or buying it, there are a plethora of books by celebrity authors and this nowhere near the worst of them, the scorn poured on the author by the ridiculous article was unwarranted This is a protesr read.

    24. I would say a good 3 3.5 stars This is not my typical read, and truthfully I only read it because it was part of book club I actually downloaded it so I could listen to it and maybe that improved my opinion because I found it quite easy to have on as I went about my day If you are looking for epic story telling by a literary master, possibly give this book a miss but if you love the Great British Bake Off, then you will probably love this as well.

    25. This is an absolutely delightful book I loved the witty, funny, loving, caring and maddeningly frustrating family that Nadia has drawn in its pages I was impressed with Nadia s writing, especially as it was her first novel I certainly hope she continues writing So, very well done, Nadia And thanks for an enjoyable read.

    26. A very different book to read , kept me occupied whilst sitting in minor injuries department today waiting to be seen I liked Nadiya Hussain s writing , fresh and interesting The family were full of character and the 4 girls farah, Fatima , mae and bubblee were all so different and likeable in their own way.

    27. I really enjoyed the first 16 chapters and then it became a rather cliched and on reflection somewhat inevitable conclusion, due to the back ground of the author, to a family saga which had until that point been interesting and well told I enjoyed the multi voiced narrative It worked well and the characters were well drawn.

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