Best of Friends

A dazzling new novel of friendship, identity and the unknowability of other people — from the international bestselling author of Home Fire, winner of the Women's Prize for Fiction

Sometimes it was as though the forty years of friendship between them was just a lesson in the unknowability of other people —

Maryam and Zahra.

In 1988 Karachi, two fourteen-year-old girls are a decade into their friendship, sharing in-jokes, secrets and a love for George Michael. As Pakistan's dictatorship falls and a woman comes to power, the world suddenly seems full of possibilities. Elated by the change in the air, they make a snap decision at a party. That night, everything goes wrong, and the two girls are powerless to change the outcome.

Zahra and Maryam.

In present-day London, two influential women remain bound together by loyalties, disloyalties, and the memory of that night, which echoes through the present in unexpected ways. Now both have power; and both have very different ideas of how to wield it — their friendship has always felt unbreakable; can it be undone by one decision?

'A profound novel about friendship. I loved it to pieces' — Madeline Miller

'A shining tour de force' — Ali Smith, Guardian Summer Reading

ISBN: 9781526647719 | Published: 5 September 2023 (first published 2022) | Paperback | 336 pages

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