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Malik is great at making you laugh one minute and then breaking your heart the next, and this is a relatable story for anyone who has ever struggled to find their way in the world and who knows that there's life on the other side of happily ever after. Stylist magazine This book did not disappoint...sensational...I love Sofia! Ellen Pellen, Youtube One thing that is certainly not lost throughout the book is the humour, which Malik serves up by the platter. Between a hilarious clash of languages over dinner with the in-laws and razor sharp comebacks from Sofia's mother, finding the funny in the everyday regardless of that day being good or bad is the novel's biggest strength. The State Of The Arts A sequel to the wonderful Sofia Khan Is Not Obliged. Now married, there doesn't seem to be a happy ever after for our heroine when new husband Conall grows increasingly distant. So when her mother bullies them into having a proper marriage ceremony, Sofia hopes they'll have another chance at happiness. A warm, tender, funny look at a mixed race marriage that comes with a side-order of heartbreak. NB: Will need tissues. Red magazine She's maintained the same lightness of touch that made the first book such fun and again, one can't help but root for Sofia, as she's both real and relatable. That her search for fulfillment is swinging more towards her career than her love life really opens up the story, both challenging what we define as "chick lit" along with the stereotypes many of us might hold about Muslim women. The National The Other Half of Happiness is deeper, it's more serious and a lot braver, in terms of writing about marriage. It is a tear-jerker, though I also laughed out loud. The one-liners may be fewer, but they still devastate. Kate MacDonald I laughed, I cried, and I learned about another culture in this wonderful story of love, family, friendship, and facing your past. Well-paced and interesting throughout, I read this book in one sitting and I really didn't want it to end (fingers crossed this will not be the last we see of Sofia Khan). THE OTHER HALF OF HAPPINESS is just one of those special books that make your whole body hum, and I cannot recommend it highly enough! Books of All Kinds There's plenty to enjoy. Social Bookshelves Really enjoyed laughing out loud at Sofia Khan is Not Obliged AND THAT ENDING KILLED ME so obviously I need the sequel and I hope it is full of laughter and cute moments and it's just so great to read a book about a Muslim woman set in London that has nothing to do with terrorism or anything like that. Juwi's Random Ramblings Malik's characteristic humorous style of writing is prominent throughout the narrative. 'The Other Half of Happiness' by Ayisha Malik is a sequel to 'Sofia Khan is Not Obliged' and Malik doesn't disappoint. Indian Fiction For You the first book is about dating and the second is about marriage, and the baggage it comes with. Plus Sofia gets some purpose beyond finding, and keeping, a husband. Curiosity Killed The Bookworm A great book on personal discoveries Prima Sofia Khan thought she'd found it all - marrying gorgeous Irishman Conall, who converted to Islam so they could wed. But as their marriage brings problems, she finds happy endings are not simple. A fresh, funny take on rom-com. Sunday Mirror Fresh, funny and with a feminist flavour, it's a smart new take on romantic comedy. The People Layered with insightful, intelligent observations about people and society ... Ayisha Malik is a funny, intelligent and insightful writer Bibliomaniac UK 'Makes you smile from the very beginning. Sofia is a hilarious protagonist in the same vein as Bridget Jones but the story also tackles plenty of real life issues - relationships, love, pride, grief and the choices that people make in life. CultureFly.co.uk She's by far the funniest protagonist I've read of so far, so if you're looking for a laugh, please pick up this book right away! The Books and the Bees Readers who enjoy the likes of Sophie Kinsella and Lindsey Kelk will find something both similar yet original in The Other Half of Happiness ... I was mightily impressed by Malik's second offering. She is without doubt a very talented writer, with an eye for the comic potential of situations, and brings something original and relevant to the table. Nudge Books, Book of the Month 'Overall, both stories are great reads! Very well written, increasingly timely and important. They are the exception and they should be the rule! We need more inclusivity in fiction and this is the beginning of a great series - in which I hope there will be a third novel! - with diverse and real characters.' Elles Belles Notebook Inclusion in roundup of Books with Muslim Main Characters- ' This book is really funny; it deals with a lot of the stereotypes that people have about Muslims and their love lives, while being respectful, honest and entertaining...Another thing that I loved about the book was that female relationships have such a central place throughout it.' Book Wanderess 'it follows Sofia who in book one starts writing about being a Muslim woman on the dating scene - which come on, it sounds hilarious doesn't it? Of course she falls in love and gets married, but that's not a spoiler because it's not the story really. This is about what comes after. So, it's technically the married Muslim Bridget Jones. I totally dig that.' Pop,Edit.Lit 'Sofia's sense of humour is what made the book for me. She's funny and also quite deadpan which is my favourite type of humour. Her mother is also funny - her mix up of RSVP and RSPCA being a highlight! A recommended read from me.' Broadbeans Books 'Malik has littered the story with a great sense of humour and Sofia is such a fun protagonist to follow.' The Moor Maiden Overall, both stories are great reads! Very well written, increasingly timely and important. They are the exception and they should be the rule! We need more inclusivity in fiction and this is the beginning of a great series - in which I hope there will be a third novel! - with diverse and real characters. Elles Belles Notebook The book benefits not only from a diary-style format, but also from the fact the focus is less on Sofia's search for love at the personal level, a classic chick-lit topic, but on her search for love at the academic, exploratory level. Creative Quibble This book is really funny; it deals with a lot of the stereotypes that people have about Muslims and their love lives, while being respectful, honest and entertaining...Another thing that I loved about the book was that female relationships have such a central place throughout it. Book Wanderess

About the Author

Ayisha is a British Muslim, lifelong Londoner and lover of books. She read English Literature and went on to complete an MA in Creative Writing (though told most of her family it was an MA in English Literature - Creative Writing is not a subject, after all. ) She has spent various spells teaching, photocopying, volunteering, editing and being a publicist.

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Product details

  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Bonnier (10 May 2017)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1785760734
  • ISBN-13: 978-1785760730
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.7 x 19.8 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,18,002 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Hope there's more for Sofia to come 11 April 2017
By Chubby Bookworm - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I was so very excited to read this novel. I love, love, LOVED Sofia Khan is Not Obliged. This novel was funny but also heartbreaking. If you haven't read Sofia Khan is Not Obliged absolutely read that first. Both books are fast paced and hard to put down. There is no doubt that Ayisha Malik is a very talented author/writer.

It was difficult to decide how many stars to give it. I decided to give it 4 instead of 5 because I don't know if it is really an uplifting novel. I think the ending was meant to be hopeful but really I'm just feeling kind of depressed. I don't know if all readers will feel that way at the end or just me. A lot of stuff happens and there are a lot of feelings to process. A lot like life really. I don't regret reading this novel I just hope there's more to Sofia's story at some point in the future. I'm feeling bereft. The author did mention in a letter to the reader that she needed a break from Sofia for now so I'm not giving up hope for a third book. In the meantime, I do look forward to other stories by this author and will absolutely read her next novel.
5.0 out of 5 stars One of those truly special books that everyone should read! 6 April 2017
By Books Of All Kinds - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I was absolutely delighted when I got the opportunity to review THE OTHER HALF OF HAPPINESS by Ayisha Malik, even though it was my first encounter with the beloved character of Sofia Khan. Although I had not read the first book in this series, it did not remotely take away from this beautifully emotional and entertaining story as the author effortlessly filled in any gaps I may have had. But when you find an author as good as Ayisha Malik, I would recommend buying all of her books!!

Sofia Khan is married to Conall, her Irish next-door neighbour who converted so they could be together, and she loves him beyond measure. But married life is not exactly turning out as she planned. Firstly Sofia finds herself back in London alone, dealing with the fallout of her elopement with her overbearing, over-involved family, while her husband is across the world working on his own personal crusade with the very attractive Hamida. And then she finds herself writing a book on marriage for her new editor, while she begins to realise that she doesn't really know her husband that well. Add in an impromptu wedding organised by her mother, an unexpected engagement, and many hilarious escapades with her friends, and Sofia's life is like a rollercoaster. But when Conall returns he tells her something that will change her life forever. Finally, Sofia begins to understand why Conall travels the world in search of peace and absolution, but while she can understand his reasons, it changes who she thought he was, and at the same time her life is changing as she starts to build something purely for herself without Conall - can there be any way back for both of them?

I laughed, I cried, and I learned about another culture in this wonderful story of love, family, friendship, and facing your past. All of the characters in this book are compelling in their own ways, and I felt completely immersed in all of their emotions and needs as the story developed. Well-paced and interesting throughout, I read this book in one sitting and I really didn't want it to end (fingers crossed this will not be the last we see of Sofia Khan). THE OTHER HALF OF HAPPINESS by Ayisha Malik is more than a romantic comedy, it is a relatable tale about the heart and soul of what makes us love, laugh, and cry, our mistakes, our dreams, and our faults. THE OTHER HALF OF HAPPINESS is just one of those special books that make your whole body hum, and I cannot recommend it highly enough!!!

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5.0 out of 5 stars Ayisha Malik is very quickly becoming one of my favourite authors. 10 April 2017
By Suzey Ingold - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Ayisha Malik is very quickly becoming one of my favourite authors... While the follow up to "Sofia Khan is Not Obliged" is certainly a little grittier and more emotional than the first, it doesn't lose that magic that the first book had. I loved it. I loved it, loved it, loved it. It has a perfect balance of four elements that make this book what it is: comedy, romance, realism, and heart. It is very rare that I find a book where I adore every single one of the characters, but I really do here, and that's a testament to Malik's gloriously devourable writing style. I sat down with this book on a Sunday afternoon, looked up a little while later and realised I hadn't moved in 3 hours. Well, I've only got 100 pages left, I thought to myself... And proceeded not to move until I'd finished it. Sure, it's not all sunshine and rainbows for Sofia, but that doesn't make it any less of a wonderfully enjoyable read.
3.0 out of 5 stars Ok read 19 April 2017
By vnunez- msluv2read - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
Ok read. Good view on marriages when between two cultures. The book for me was kind of sad. Sofia dealt with a lot and did her best to make things right. I felt her husband left a bit to be desired, but you get better insight to him as the book goes on. Thanks to NetGalley, the author and the publisher for the advanced copy of this book in return for my honest review.

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