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Head of Zeus
The Big Day
The Big Day: A warm and funny new novel about family relationships by Aliya Ali-Afzal

A funny, heartwarming and page-turning novel about a British-Asian granddaughter and her grandmother, who team up to plan their Big Day.

Zara, 29, is planning her wedding. She loves her fiancé Dan, but the pressure is huge: a marriage to a British-Asian from a good family has been her mother's dream for Zara since she was six.

In desperation, Zara turns to her granny, who is planning her own Big Day: her funeral. Granny's snobbish friends all rate the funerals they go to – the only 'parties' they attend these days – and she is determined to throw a good one. So Zara and her granny decide to help each other out – visiting florists and drawing up guest lists together. With all the focus on throwing the perfect party, they can forget their worries about the future.

As they reconnect, Zara starts to wonder if she can be more like Granny and grab life instead of being afraid of it. But then she stumbles across a family secret which changes everything. Suddenly Zara isn't sure if she even wants to get married at all...

Praise for Aliya Ali-Afzal:
'Uplifting and joyous... A refreshing new voice in commercial fiction' Cosmopolitan
'Warm, intelligent [...] and keeps up the tension right till the end' Sophie Kinsella
'A fresh take on domestic dynamics and moral dilemma' Clare Mackintosh
'I devoured this book' Sarah Pearse
'Tense, funny, poignant and very clever' Claire Douglas

Head of Zeus, an Aria book * Fiction
09 Nov 2023 * 416pp * £7.99 * 9781800245747

'Warm, intelligent [...] and keeps up the tension right till the end' Sophie Kinsella.

'I just fell into this and couldn't stop... The writing is so fresh and light; funny in places, but moving in others... I'll be recommending it to everyone I know' Sarah Pearse.

'A refreshing new voice in commercial fiction... Uplifting and joyous' Cosmopolitan.

'Not just entertaining, but intelligent and original too [...] and the resourceful Faiza will steal your heart' Lesley Kara.

'A fresh take on domestic dynamics and moral dilemma... Perfect for reading groups'
 Clare Mackintosh
Aliya Ali-Afzal
Aliya Ali-Afzal
Aliya Ali-Afzal has a degree in Russian and German from UCL and worked as an Executive MBA Career Coach in London. While helping her clients to pursue their dream lives and careers, she decided to take her own advice and become a writer. She is studying for an MA in Creative Writing at Royal Holloway, is an alum of Curtis Brown Creative, and has had her writing longlisted for the Bath Novel Award, the Mslexia Novel Competition, the Mo Siewcharran Prize, and the Primadonna Prize. Aliya has lived in London all her life since moving there from Pakistan as a young child.
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