Broken Threads

Broken Threads: My Family from Empire to Independence

Biography & True Stories, Literary Biographies
Hardback Published on: 06/06/2024
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An extraordinary family memoir from acclaimed newsreader and journalist, Mishal Husain, uncovering the story of her grandparents' lives amidst empire, political upheaval and partition.

‘I witnessed the dwindling glow of the British Empire. I saw small men entrusted with great jobs, playing with the destiny of millions’

The lives of Mishal Husain’s grandparents changed forever in 1947, as the new nation states of India and Pakistan were born. For years she had a partial story, a patchwork of memories and anecdotes: hurried departures, lucky escapes from violence and homes never seen again.

Decades later, the fragment of an old sari sent Mishal on a journey through time, using letters, diaries, memoirs and audio tapes to trace four lives shaped by the Raj, a world war, independence and partition.

Mumtaz rejects the marriage arranged for him as he forges a life with Mary, a devout Catholic from an Anglo-Indian family, while Tahirah and Shahid watch the politics of pre-partition Delhi unfold at close quarters. As freedom comes, bonds fray and communities are divided, leaving two couples to forge new identities, while never forgetting the shared heritage of the past.

  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • ISBN: 9780008531683
  • Number of pages: 336
  • Weight: 400g
  • Dimensions: 222 x 141 x 33 mm

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Broken Threads
A blockbuster of a book, packed full with historical events and the author’s family background. Historical novels are generally not my choice, but the subj... READ MORE
Broken Threads
Enthralling and easy to get into
This book is enthralling. I was a little hesitant that it may be over my head, but found it was simply an enjoyable, story - about a family in tumultuous... READ MORE
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