The Last Word

Author(s): Hanif Kureishi

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Shortlisted for the Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize


Mamoon is an eminent Indian-born writer who has made a career in England - but now, in his early 70s, his reputation is fading, sales have dried up, and his new wife has expensive taste.


Harry, a young writer, is commissioned to write a biography to revitalise both Mamoon's career and his bank balance. Harry greatly admires Mamoon's work and wants to uncover the truth of the artist's life. Harry's publisher seeks a more naked truth, a salacious tale of sex and scandal that will generate headlines. Meanwhile Mamoon himself is mining a different vein of truth altogether.


Harry and Mamoon find themselves in a battle of wills, but which of them will have the last word?


The ensuing struggle for dominance raises issues of love and desire, loyalty and betrayal, and the frailties of age versus the recklessness of youth.


Hanif Kureishi has created a tale brimming with youthful exuberance, as hilarious as it is touching, where words have the power to forge a world.

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Hanif Kureishi has written about so many different people and situations and turns his hand to Mamoon, a 70-something writer in England who encounters Harry, a young man wanting to write Mamoon's bio. Kureishi throws up so many interesting questions for readers to ponder, it will keep you thinking long after you have finished the book.

Elisa, Book Grocer

General Fields

  • : 9780571277551
  • : Faber & Faber, Limited
  • : Faber & Faber, Limited
  • : 0.283
  • : March 2015
  • : 19.80 cmmm X 12.90 cmmm X 2.40 cmmm
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Hanif Kureishi
  • : Paperback
  • : English
  • : 823/.914
  • : 352