> Skip to content
  • Published: 31 January 2023
  • ISBN: 9781761044694
  • Imprint: Viking
  • Format: Trade Paperback
  • Pages: 320
  • RRP: $32.99

The Matchmaker




Sparks will fly when a desi matchmaker and a self-confessed 'coconut' meet in this glittering romantic comedy about love, marriage and mistaking your own identity.

Matchmaking is easy. Falling in love on the other hand ...

Saima knows that she’s a great matchmaker. She has the weekly wedding invitations to prove it. So why has her community started turning against her?

The desi community in Sydney has eyes, ears and mouths everywhere, and Saima’s feeling firsthand the impact gossip can have. Too modern, too focused on compatibility instead of class and everything else that’s meant to matter.

She’s about to pack it all up and move back in with her Ammy when an eligible bachelor’s wealthy parents show up at her door. They’re offering the biggest payday she’s had in years, but there’s a catch: she has to convince their son to accept her services without letting on that it’s his parents pulling the strings.

Kal is handsome, successful and starting to worry about his path in life. What does it mean to be a third culture kid? When a woman falls into his life challenging everything he thought he knew about heritage, life and love, it might be the answer he’s been searching for.

But Saima wrote off love a long time ago – has she hardened her heart too much to see what’s right in front of her?

Can a matchmaker recognise a perfect match?

  • Published: 31 January 2023
  • ISBN: 9781761044694
  • Imprint: Viking
  • Format: Trade Paperback
  • Pages: 320
  • RRP: $32.99

About the author

Saman Shad

Saman Shad is a writer, editor, journalist, and teller of stories. Much of her work is inspired by her experiences as a third culture kid, growing up and living in Pakistan, the Middle East, the UK and Australia. Her writing credits span mediums, including radio scriptwriting for the BBC in the UK and the ABC in Australia, and playwriting, with works commissioned by theatres across London and Sydney. She is a regular writer for several publications, including the Guardian, the Sydney Morning Herald and SBS. She has also worked on screen projects, including developing the feature film The Lucky Country with funding from Screen Australia. Most recently she was a screenwriter on The Disposables, an upcoming series on the ABC. Saman is a proud mum of three children and lives with them and her husband in Sydney.

Praise for The Matchmaker

I’ve been looking forward to reading The Matchmaker ever since we acquired it, and it did not disappoint! This rom-com lover found a lot to love in this book – enemies to lovers with a cheeky nod to Cinderella? Yes please! But what sets this book apart is the nuanced and moving relationship that both Saima and Kal have with their culture. Their heritage and family relationships were explored meaningfully, and their character development was an important factor in them getting their HEA. I can’t wait for readers to discover this excellent Aussie rom-com, and I can’t wait to see what Saman writes next!

Chris Ebbs

Related titles