About The Book
'Goodbye Freddie Mercury is a witty book written with refreshing candor.
In Pakistan, we survive all kinds of deprivation like load-shedding, poverty,the claustrophobic crush of crowds . . . and yet, as Nadia Akbar shows,life and love throb on with unmitigated perseverance'-Bapsi SidhwaLahore is burning. The general elections are right around the corner. Thesummer city rages with the drug-fuelled parties of the oblivious, the richand famous, while campaign posters and rally cries dominate the airwaves.
Bugsy, rock RJ and host of the nation's top English radio show, is youngand fabulous. Seeking more than wealth, fame and prestige, he performsa dangerous favour for an old friend, which plunges him into the darkrecesses of desi politics. Nida, a young college student desperate toescape the oppressive atmosphere of her traditional family home and herconservative college, and still mourning the death of her brother, throwsherself recklessly into the drug-addled arms of Omer Ali, son of the primeminister's right-hand man. As Nida spirals into decadence and Bugsydescends into darkness, their paths cross and sparks begin to fly. Butneither has any idea how treacherous these moments of chemical escapecan be, or how deadly a cocktail they make together.
Nadia Akbar's audacious debut has all the makings of a potboiler-parties,drugs, mysteries, love triangles, political intrigue, power struggles-but itslush, sexy writing has the assuredness and precision of the most acute noirof our time. Told in alternating voices and brimming with sharp observation,Goodbye Freddie Mercury hits the rocks and trails atwist.
|Title:||Goodbye Freddie Mercury||Publisher:||Hamish Hamilton|