The Secret Lives of the Amir Sisters
On the outside, despite not quite fitting in with their neighbours, the Amirs are happy. But on the inside, each sister is secretly struggling.
Fatima is trying to find out who she really is – and after fifteen attempts, finally pass her driving tes...more
The latter half was somewhat improved but overall this is a very disappointing read. It's being published with high expectations on the author from an adoring public who are fans of her cooking books and Great British Bakeoff success. For those feats I say bravo! This lady can make a cake! Inspi ...more
This book is told from the perspective of the four ...more
The story is centred around the Amir Sisters, living in a small English village. Fatima is in her thirties and has failed her driving test fifteen times and gains her income from being a hand model, Mae is a teenager with a Yo ...more
The book centers on four sisters – Fatima, Bubblee, Farah, and Mae. Bubblee and Farah are twins. The title is somewhat misleading as what secrets there are not really the sister’s (honesty, the one you think might be Bubblee’s never shows) but those of their family. Additionally, the book is almost wrapped about too neatly – though a couple plo ...more
Since winning TGBBO, Nadiya has published a cookbook (which I received as a surprise present last week from a lovely friend who lives in England), presented a TV s ...more
One of the important things that books do for us is provide a window into other lives. What Nadiya Hussain does in her debut novel is give us a window into a Bangladeshi family that lives in a small village in England, with four daughters (and a son) and a number of secrets.
What I liked about this is how normal this family was in all of their messiness. There’s some melodrama, and some of it derives from their Bangladeshi roots, but most of it is ca ...more
The Secret Lives of the Amir Sisters tells the story of a Muslim British Bangladeshi family and how they get by in their quiet English village. Narrated through the voices of four sisters of varying ages, framed by their contrasting and sometimes clashing personalities we get a glimpse into their daily lives.
Yes this book is full of clichés and drama, and I did find that the story drag ...more
The Amir sisters are all very different people, and the narrative is split into all four of the sisters, for a chapter focusing on each at a time. The one thing they all have in common is they don't tell their parent's everything and all seem just a bit frustrated about how their brother appears to be the favourite at all times, despite bein ...more
The four Amir sisters – Fatima, Farah, Bubblee and Mae are Bangladeshi Muslims in the English village of Wyvernage. On the outside, everyone looks like they have it together, but on the inside, each sister is secretly struggling.
Fatima just doesn't fit in and cannot just seem to pass her driving test. Farah is happyily married but longs ...more
This story follows the lives of four sisters whose family is from Bangladesh. I really liked the aspect of family that is in this book. It is very much focused on family rather than romance which made a refreshing change. Each chapter is told from the perspective of a different sister. Sometimes I had to go back to remind which sister we were following as it wasn't always clear. I thought that each sister felt very realistic, they weren't perfect characters and ...more
From that first chapter that I became a bit reticent to finish the book, truth be told, but I already had it and it was small a ...more
Initially I enjoyed this book but sadly after about half way I started to lose interest. There just seemed to be something lacking for me and I couldn't connect with any of the characters. The story is told from the perspective of each si ...more
Apparently she has been writing since she was a young girl and has said that there are plenty of stories that could see the light of day!
The characters were fairly well drawn- you got to ...more
Give it a miss.
My top three thoughts on ‘The Secret Lives of the Amir Sisters’:
1. I didn’t know that the author had won ‘T ...more
I really liked all the characters, especially the four sisters. Thanks to the switching POVs, you got to know each of the sisters' perspectives and you could empathise with each and every sister. Bubblee's words sounded insensitive from Farah's perspective but in her own POV chapter, you could see what she meant and why she said it. Mae ma ...more
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Hussain was born to a British Bangladeshi family in Luton, where she grew up. She developed her interest in cooking while at school and largely self-educated herself in cooking by reading recipe books and watching instructional videos on YouTube. She married and mo ...more