Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Book Review: 'The World Unseen' by Shamim Sarif

British author Shamim Sarif is also a film director and screenwriter and speaker – she has spoken at TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) events worldwide, at the INK (platform for the exchange of cutting-edge ideas and inspiring stories) Conference in India and DLD (Digital Life Design) in Munich. Her corporate speaking events have included Deloitte, Goldman Sachs and Citibank in London and Viacom in New York. Now Shamin is re-issuing her novels to a new appreciative audience.

Shamin’s writing style reflects her cinematic experiences – the characters are sharply painted and fully fleshed out and their interrelationships are instantly credible.

THE WORLD UNSEEN takes place in South Africa in the 1950s where free-spirited Amina has broken all the rules of her own conventional Indian community, and the new apartheid-led government, by running a cafĂ© with Jacob, her black business partner. When she meets Miriam, a young wife and mother, their unexpected attraction pushes Miriam to question the rules that bind her – rules that divide white form black and women form men - and sets in motion a chain of events that changes both women forever.

Eloquent prose, tension filled pages, and a special love that is expressed so well that it becomes the beam of light that shines through the pages of this fine book. Reading her books it is no wonder that Shamin is a successful film writer and director also. Grady Harp, April 17

I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book.

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