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Here is our top reads for 2022

Looking for new books to read? Absolutely has a great recommendation for you from local author Aliya Ali-Afzal.

Is it just us or does January seem to be the longest month ever? Those long, dark nights just seem to go on and on don’t they, and once you’ve exhausted Netflix it can be hard to find new ways of keeping yourself entertained during the winter months. Fortunately, the team at Absolutely are here for you with an excellent new book recommendation to help see you through. Local Wimbledon author Aliya Ali-Afzal has come to our rescue with her debut novel Would I Lie to You? which is now out in paperback.

Would I Lie to You?, set in our very own Wimbledon Village, is a page-turning, warm and funny debut about what happens when you have your dream life – and are about to lose it.

At the school gates in Wimbledon Village, Faiza fits in. It took a few years and a brand new wardrobe, but now the snobbish mothers who mistook her for the nanny treat her as one of their own.

But the perfect life costs money. When her husband Tom loses his job, Faiza realises she’ll have to reveal her biggest secret: she’s spent her family’s entire life savings.

Unless she doesn’t…

It only takes a second to lie to Tom. Now Faiza has six weeks to find £75,000 or risk losing the family she has worked so hard to protect.

How far would you go in the pursuit of perfection?

Would I Lie to You? is a pacy and entertaining novel that explores those all too familiar pressures of parenthood and the demands of living a modern lifestyle. If you love books by Adele Parks, Celeste Ng, or Kiley Reid then Aliya’s debut novel is definitely one to add to your ‘To-Be-Read’ list in 2022! The book has already received rave reviews from the likes of Cosmopolitan, Sophie Kinsella and Clare Mackintosh:

‘Uplifting and joyous… a refreshing new voice in commercial fiction’ Cosmopolitan

‘A warm, intelligent, light yet poignant story of trying to keep up with your neighbours.’ Sophie Kinsella

‘A fresh take on a moral dilemma… Great for book clubs’ Clare Mackintosh

Having worked as a life coach for a number of years Aliya Ali-Afzal decided to take her own advice and change careers in her late-forties in order to pursue her own dream of becoming a writer! We’re proud to have such an inspiring and talented author in our neighbourhood and we couldn’t recommend her debut novel more.

Would I Lie to You? is now available to buy in on Amazon