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Meet the Author - Moni Mohsin (Again)

Since many of you were keen to meet Moni Mohsin. We have invited the Author again. She has agreed to come to the book club on the 11th November.

The rules for this meeting are the same as the cancelled meeting. Read one or all of her books before the meeting, we will have a Q&A followed by a general discussion on the themes and topics from the books.

Moni Mohsin

(born 1963) is a Pakistani writer based partly in the United Kingdom.

She grew up in Lahore, and describes herself as being from a family of "educated, westernised people". When General Zia ul-Haq came to power in a coup in 1977, her family began to feel less comfortable in the new, religious Pakistan, where political repression against nonconformists became routine, but remained in Lahore. Mohsin left Pakistan at 16 to study at a boarding school in England, and later attended Cambridge University, where she studied anthropology and archaeology. Afterward she returned to Pakistan, where she founded the country's first nature magazine. After General Zia's death she moved more decisively into the public sphere, working for the independent "Friday Times", where she rose to the ranks of features editor.

Her books include "The End of Innocence", her debut novel '"Tender Hooks" AKA "Duty Free", and "The Diary of a Social Butterfly". Her writing has also appeared in "The Times", "The Guardian", the "Washington Post", "Prospect", "The Nation", and other publications.

She now divides her time between Lahore and London, where she lives with her husband and two children. Her sister, Jugnu Mohsin, is the publisher of "The Friday Times", an independent Pakistani weekly.

The Diary of a Social Butterfly

Pakistan may be making headlines—but Butterfly is set to conquer the world. ‘Everyone knows me. All of Lahore, all of Karachi, all of Isloo—oho, baba, Islamabad—half of Dubai, half of London and all of Khan Market and all the nice, nice bearers in Imperial Hotel also...No ball, no party, no dinner, no coffee morning, no funeral, no GT —Get-Together, baba—is complete without me.’ Meet Butterfly, Pakistan’s most lovable, silly, socialite. An avid partygoer, inspired misspeller, and unwittingly acute observer of Pakistani high society, Butterfly is a woman like no other. In her world, SMS becomes S & M and people eat ‘three tiara cakes’ while shunning ‘do number ka maal’. ‘What cheeks!’ as she would say. As her country faces tribulations – from 9/11 to the assassination of Benazir Bhutto—Butterfly glides through her world, unfazed, untouched, and stopped short only by the chip in her manicure. Wicked, irreverent, and hugely entertaining, The Diary of a Social Butterfly gives you a delicious glimpse into the parallel universe of the have-musts.

Tender Hooks ... she can make you laugh out loud even while she delivers hard-hitting critiques of Lahore high society and the state of Pakistani politics.' Kamila Shamsie

This is a wildly entertaining book but, beware, it also bites.' Neel Mukherjee

Our plucky heroine's cousin, Jonkers, has been dumped by his low-class, slutty secretary, and our heroine has been charged with finding him a suitable wife - a rich, fair, beautiful, old-family type. Quickly. But, between you, me and the four walls, who wants to marry poor, plain, hapless Jonkers?

End of Innocence

'Perched on the edge of a car seat, Rani and Laila hurtled towards a love story ...' Western Pakistan, the winter of 1971, and nine-year-old Laila has a secret. Ignored by the adults around her yet desperate to know their world, Laila takes comfort in being the confidant of teenager Rani - privy to details of the older girl's forbidden love affair. But when that affair bears unwelcome fruit, a floundering Rani leans on Laila for solace and support. Yet Laila - still a child - neither comprehends the danger nor is able to help; and thus unwittingly leads Rani towards catastrophe ...

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  • Jessie H.


    November 13, 2012

  • Terry

    Really enjoyed the interaction with the author.

    November 12, 2012

  • Vineet

    The Apres Book Club dinner wil be at Gaylord 79-81 Mortimer Street
    London W1W 7SJ, UK. It is an Indian/Pakistani restaurant. The meet-up starts at 2:45pm. Which means you should try and be there by 2:45pm. And please update RSVP if you are not going to be able to make it.

    November 10, 2012

  • Sharmila

    Hi Everyone, Please could you come prepared with any questions you'd like to ask Moni for tomorrow? Can be around any of her books or more general. Looking forward to seeing you all tomorrow :-)

    November 10, 2012

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