Readers get ready for London's annual read-along

Release Date: 13 February 2019

Richmond’s readers should get ready with London’s annual month long read-along just around the corner.

The Cityread London Festival returns in May 2019 and this year’s book has just been announced as ‘Sofia Khan is not obliged’ by Ayisha Malik.

Billed as ‘the Muslim Bridget Jones’, Sofia Khan is Not Obliged is the hilarious and acerbic romantic comedy from the writer behind Nadiya Hussain's bestselling The Secret Lives of the Amir Sisters.

Sofia Khan is single once more, after her sort-of-boyfriend proves just a little too close to his parents. And she'd be happy that way too, if her publisher boss hadn't asked her to write a book about the weird and wonderful world of Muslim dating. Of course, even though she definitely isn't looking for love, to write the book she does need to do a little research . . .

Last year’s Cityread festivities in Richmond upon Thames saw around 500 people attend events and activities in libraries across the borough.

Cllr John Coombs, Cabinet Member for Arts, Culture and Sport said:

'With this year’s Cityread book now announced our libraries are well underway with planning a fun-filled month to get you reading in May.

'And I hope the borough’s readers embrace this year’s book as they did last year, when almost four hundred reading group members affiliated with our libraries read and discussed The Muse by Jessie Burton.'

Ayisha Malik said:

'I couldn’t be more excited for Sofia Khan is Not Obliged to be selected for Cityread this year. It’s already a special year for me with the publication of my third novel This Green and Pleasant Land in June, and to have my debut book out there again with the whole of London reading it is just wonderful!'

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Updated: 26 February 2019