The Secret Lives of the Amir Sisters

  • by Nadiya Hussain
  • Narrated by Avita Jay, Anjli Mohindra, Maya Saroya, Aasiya Shah
  • 9 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The debut novel from Nadiya Hussain, winner of 2015's Great British Bake-Off, this is a charming, warm-hearted tale that illustrates the unique bond between four sisters. A story of faith, family and love, it perfectly embodies what it feels like to struggle with self-acceptance.
Fatima, Farah, Bubblee and Mae, the four sisters of the Amir family, are sometimes tired of being the only Muslim young women in a rural British village, not helped by their eccentric neighbours, including the hippie nudists next door.
Oldest sister Fatima - or, as her family have always nicknamed her, Fatti (which, she worryingly suspects, has just as much to do with her inability to lose weight and guilty-pleasure love of Primula squeezy cheese as it does her birth name) - is having a particularly hard time finding her place in the world, especially when a family tragedy strikes and Fatima discovers that she was adopted. Her aunt in Bangladesh is her real mother, leaving Fatima questioning everything she thought she knew about her family.
As each sister struggles with life, love and faith, as Farah learns to cope when her husband has an accident, Bubblee learns to stop judging other people's lives and Mae faces burgeoning YouTube stardom, Fatima learns what it really means to be a big sister and to bring her family back together by organising a big village bake sale to help fund rebuilding the family business.

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loved the story

Very well written, from different perspectives and you feel for every single one of them. The struggles of Fatima, trying to find her place. Bubbling Mae the much younger sister with a big mouth, but a heart of gold. The twins Farrah and Bubblee who are so alike yet so different. They all try to find their way, first not understanding where the other person is coming from.

I really do not want to give away anything, but I can say I didn't regret buying this book! I loved how all the girls had their own voices. This made the story come alive and you feel like they're telling you what has happened. For a debut I highly salute the writer! Thank you for this great story!
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- Anja

Heat warming

Would you listen to The Secret Lives of the Amir Sisters again? Why?

I tend not to listen or read books again, not because I don't like them, more because I like to read/listen to lots of books.


What did you like best about this story?

It was intriguing to get to know the culture of the Amir Family


What does the narrators bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

More personal. With the different narrators for each character, its easier to identify with each.


If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Well, that's a question.. Maybe something along the lines of, 'Everything they thought was true in their lives, just got flipped'


Any additional comments?

A lovely listen. Could easily have spent the entire day listening to it, if home and work life allowed.
A great story and great education. Regardless of race or religion, family issues will always be a thing.

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- JKimbers

Book Details

  • Release Date: 12-01-2017
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Limited