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Mohsin Hamid's provocative, elegant and gripping novel, available as a Penguin Essential for the first time.

The Reluctant Fundamentalist is Mohsin Hamid's thrillingly provocative international bestseller, available as a Penguin Essential for the first time.

Shortlisted for the Man Booker prize in 2007
Now a major film directed by Mira Nair and starring Kate Hudson and Kiefer Sutherland

'Excuse me, sir, but may I be of assistance? Ah, I see I have alarmed you. Do not be frightened by my beard. I am a lover of America . . . '

So speaks the mysterious stranger at a Lahore cafe as dusk settles. Invited to join him for tea, you learn his name and what led this speaker of immaculate English to seek you out. For he is more worldy than you might expect; better travelled and better educated. He knows the West better than you do. And as he tells you his story, of how he embraced the Western dream - and a Western woman - and how both betrayed him, so the night darkens. Then the true reason for your meeting becomes abundantly clear . . .

Challenging, mysterious and thrillingly tense, Mohsin Hamid's masterly The Reluctant Fundamentalist is a vital read teeming with questions and ideas about some of the most pressing issues of today's globalised, fractured world.

Reviews

Masterful . . . A multi-layered and thoroughly gripping book, which works as a poignant love story, a powerful dissection of how US imperialist machinations have turned so many people against the world's superpower - and as a thriller that subtly ratchets up the nerve-jangling tension towards an explosive ending

Metro

Beautifully written . . . more exciting than any thriller I've read for a long time

Philip Pullman

A brilliant book

Kiran Desai

Admirably spare and amazingly exciting

Rachel Cooke, New Statesman

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Formats & editions

  • Paperback

    9780241981382

    August 14, 2017

    Penguin General UK

    224 pages

    RRP $19.99

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  • Paperback

    9780141029542

    June 30, 2008

    Penguin General UK

    224 pages

    RRP $22.95

    Online retailers

    • Abbey's Bookshop
    • Angus & Robertson Bookworld
    • Booktopia
    • Boomerang Books
    • Collins Booksellers
    • Dymocks
    • Books Kinokuniya
    • The Nile
    • QBD
    • Readings
    • Robinsons Bookshop
    Or

    Find your local bookstore at booksellers.org.au

Also by Mohsin Hamid

Exit West
Discontent And Its Civilizations
How To Get Filthy Rich In Rising Asia
Moth Smoke
The Reluctant Fundalmentalist