Congratulations to Zia Haider Rahman

Zia Haider Rahman has won this year’s James Tait Black Fiction Prize, awarded by the University of Edinburgh, with his debut novel, In The Light of What We Know.

Chairman of the judges, Professor Randall Stevenson, said, “Rahman explores problematic areas of politics and finance, which are often exiled from the pages of fiction, immersing his readers, dauntingly but comprehensibly.The novel’s impressive scope is complemented by Rahman’s ability to locate the personal in the political.”

Taking absolutely nothing away from Rahman – he is a deserving winner – nevertheless, I can’t help but think that the same praise could equally be applied to Trollope for any of the Palliser series, or indeed, The Way We Live Now.

Just saying…


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