Meera Syal, CBE, is one of Britain’s most acclaimed actors and writers of stage and screen. She starred in the hit series The Kumars at No. 42 and appeared in the BBC adaptation of David Walliams’ The Boy in the Dress. She recently performed in David Hare’s play Behind the Beautiful Forevers at the National Theatre, and is currently starring in the latest series of Broadchurch.
Syal is known for her funny, sharp and provocative fiction. Her debut novel Anita and Me, a UK curriculum set text, told the story of nine-year-old Meena, growing up in the only Punjabi family in the Black Country mining village of Tollington. It was described by Kirkus Reviews thus: ‘Far from just another coming-of-age saga, Syal’s impressive debut offers a charming yet troubling evocation of recent times’.
Her second novel, Life Isn’t all Ha Ha Hee Hee, followed the lives of three childhood friends and their relationships with each other in adulthood.
The House of Hidden Mothers is her long-awaited third novel. The Guardian has described the novel as one that ‘tackles a broad canvas of sensitive and timely topics’.