The company has optioned the novel, which was published this week by Bonnier Zaffre, with a view for a small-screen remake.
The book follows the story of the only Muslim family in middle-class white Britain, whose lives are turned upside-down following a dying wish for a mosque to be built in the village. It is described by the publishers as “a witty mediation on race politics, what it means to be British, and the complexities of personal identity”.
It tells the story of Bilal Hasham and his wife Mariam, who have lived contented, quiet lives in the sleepy rural village of Babbel’s End. Now all that is about to change. On her deathbed, Bilal’s mother reaches for his hand. Instead of whispering her final prayers,