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Head of Zeus
The Registrar's Manual for Detecting Forced Marriages Sophie Hardach

The compelling and original debut novel from the Costa Prize-shortlisted author of Confession with Blue Horses.

Swimming for his life towards traffickers on the Italian shore, Selim enters a world where Kurdish refugees disguise themselves as tomatoes, dates of birth are a matter of opinion, and a residency permit is a ticket to paradise. When he ends up in a small town in Germany, Selim believes he is finally safe, until the law catches up with him and the clock starts ticking. Selim realises there is only one way to avoid deportation, if he dare try...

Fifteen years later, in a town hall in Paris, a Registrar receives an unsettling book in the post. The Registrar's Manual for Detecting Forced Marriages only fuels her suspicions surrounding an impending Kurdish wedding. Unsure how to intervene, she embarks on an investigation that brings her uncomfortably close to an old acquaintance: Selim.

Written with real imaginative flair, heart and humour, The Registrar's Manual for Detecting Forced Marriages introduces an unlikely hero who'll prove impossible to forget, and a prodigious new talent in Sophie Hardach.

Head of Zeus, an Apollo book * Fiction
10 Jun 2021 * 416pp * £7.99 * 9781838939229
'An affecting portrayal of the troubles faced by the displaced and dispossessed seeking refuge in the West'
Mail on Sunday
'Imaginative and compelling'
Woman & Home
'A lucid debut by a talented writer. Her global sensibility and refreshing style give this novel [...] an original flavour. The story [...] is handled with real delight and authority'
Daily Mail
'[A] smart and gripping novel about identity, immigration, love and marriage'
Daily Mirror
'Give us five words to describe The Registrar's Manual for Detecting Forced Marriages? Kurdish odyssey with Parisian denouement'
The List
Sophie Hardach
Sophie Hardach
Sophie Hardach is the author of three novels, The Registrar's Manual for Detecting Forced Marriages, about Kurdish refugees; Of Love and Other Wars, about pacifists during World War Two; and Confession with Blue Horses, about the consequences of war that seep through generations. Confession with Blue Horses was shortlisted for the Costa Novel Prize 2019. Also a journalist, she worked as a correspondent for Reuters news agency in Tokyo, Paris and Milan and has written for a number of publications including the Atlantic, the Guardian and the Daily Telegraph. Sophie Hardach is currently working on a non-fiction book, Languages Are Good For Us, which Head of Zeus will publish in Autumn 2020.
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