Love Bones and Water

Adam Zameenzad

Love, Bones and Water

In Gulroza, Valley of the Flowers, lies a shanty town whose people are soon to be brutally evicted in the name of progress and political convenience.

Their plight seems irrevocable. Desperately poor, yet defiant and filled with a love of life, they are to be swept aside like leaves in the gathering storm.

Then, one day, a grey messiah appears in their midst, unlooked-for, savagely mutilated, and with eyes that shine like diamonds…

‘A writer of great originality who brings together tough satire and an unforced lyricism with remarkable effect.’ The Guardian

‘Quite unlike anything else recently published. Love, Bones and Water is a wry political fantasy and a moving evocation of childhood innocence, remarkable for its clarity.’ Patrick Gale, Daily Telegraph

‘Zameenzad again shows his ability to exercise his imagination (including its comic elements) at the heart of situations of injustice, presenting them not at the superficial level of issues, but as lived experience.’ Independent

‘A great novel.’ Time Out


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