Xarina Akhtar is based in North London, 'Hira' is her first novel.

Xarina arrived in the UK at the age of four. Naïve, totally ethnic and carrying a box of Indian sweets on her head, she walked straight past her father as she had never seen him before. Hence, began her journey in the UK, as a first generation Pakistani and the family’s guinea pig.

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