So what's Poppadom Preach about?
In a nutshell:
"A wonderfully entertaining novel telling the story of Dilly, a spirited and rebellious girl growing up in a large Muslim family in 1970s Yorkshire."
But it's not as simple as it sounds... for one thing, Dilly's family are abusive; for another, Dilly does her best to give as good as she gets. This is a way of life that's been covered up for decades, where (at best) no-one is quite as nice as they like to think they are, and where (at worst) it's every man for himself. The problems Dilly faces in the book - the hypocrisy, the threats, the violence - are still very much at the forefront of many girls' lives today. So fasten your seatbelt and get ready to be dragged out of your comfort zone.
Here are snippets from some recent reviews:
"Funny, original and moving" - Shazia Mirza
"Hilarious... full of wit and wonder" - Asiana
"Almas Khan has done a stellar job... a great book" - Best Books to Read
"Khan's earthy, lively and funny prose had me turning the pages like hell to see what would happen next" - For Books' Sake
"Book of the week... funny and tragic in equal measures" - Telegraph & Argus
"This book may contain violent scenes and have some strong language from time to time, but in spite of all that, it is touching and sometimes hilarious. Almost from the very beginning, I found it un-put-downable." - Bill Purdue's Blog
"Funny, original and often poignant" - Time and Leisure
"Interesting and well-written" - Bristol Evening Post
"Witty, original... difficult to put down" - Asian Review of Books
"Hilarious" - Which Book
"Literally laugh out loud... I know it's a cliché, but when you start reading this book, it really is hard to stop" - Ewell & Stoneleigh Connection
"Hard-hitting and innovative" - Eastern Eye
"Funny, entertaining and very original... a book you can't put down" - Arzoo Magazine
If you'd like to know more about the plot, or what members of the public think of it so far, there's quite a lot of information on these sites: Amazon, Waterstone's and Simon & Schuster. (NB: all the links on this page open a new browser window).
Where to buy it from? As well as many independent bookstores, it's still on sale in a few branches of Waterstone's. It's also available at a discount from many websites, including Amazon. Although on sale via WHSmith's website (hurray!), it is not in their shops (boo!).
As well as the paperback, Poppadom Preach is also available in electronic format from many websites, including Amazon.