A Pebble In The Throat

Aasmah Mir


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Headline Publishing Group
18 May 2023
ISBN: 9781472288523
368 pages

From the publisher

'I loved this book ... incredibly moving' Reverend Richard Coles

'A treasure of a book' Fern Britton

'An exquisite memoir that is at times heart-breaking and poignant but also so very funny and clever' Fi Glover

Two generations, two places and two stories told in unison.

A Pebble in the Throat is an eloquent and often heart-breaking memoir of Aasmah Mir's childhood growing up in 1970s Glasgow. From a vivacious child to a teenage loner, Aasmah candidly shares the highs and lows of growing up between two cultures - trying to fit in at school and retreating to the safe haven of a home inhabited by her precious but distant little brother and Helen, her family's Glaswegian guardian angel.

Intricately woven into this coming-of-age story is that of Aasmah's mother, as we follow her own life as a young girl in 1950s Pakistan to 1960s Scotland and beyond. Both mother and daughter fight, are defeated and triumph in different battles in this sharp and moving story. A Pebble in the Throat is a remarkable memoir about family, identity and finding yourself where you are.