A Restless Wind by Shahrukh Husain @shahusain
Zara Hamilton leads an apparently charmed life as a human rights lawyer in London – but she is haunted by questions about her past. Why did her mother disappear? What made her college sweetheart, the Maharaja of Trivikrampur, abandon her?
Why did her husband renege on a plan to return to her native India? And why has she avoided visiting her much-loved family home in Qila, Trivikrampur? After ten years as a Muslim in Britain, bereft of a homeland, Zara finally seeks the answers.
When she returns to Qila, her world is shatteringly different, her aristocratic family mired in complications and far-right politics on the rise. Amid the unrest of a changing nation, Zara seeks the key to her mother’s secret as contemporary resentments clash with a harmonious past.
Biography of Shahrukh Husain
Shahrukh Husain writes fiction and non-fiction for children and adults (a grand total of 23 books to date). She has written four themed retellings of folklore and myth for Virago and worked on scripts commissioned by Merchant-Ivory and Buena Vista among others.
Currently, she is developing TV projects for SKY, KUDOS and BENDIT FILMS while working on her second novel. She is a practising analytical psychotherapist and has worked extensively with asylum-seekers and PTSD survivors.
She was born in Karachi, Pakistan and divides her time between northwest London and East Sussex.
“This is a fantastic novel. Complex and gripping, whether you’re familiar with communal tensions in India or not. It seems particularly relevant given the current climate of religious tension in the country – but more than that, it’s a fantastic story that really makes you care about the characters. I couldn’t put it down.” – Samira