Review: The Things I Would Tell You, by Sabrina Mahfouz


Publisher: Saqi Books

Release Date: 3rd April 2017 

Genre: Anthology

Pages: 256

From established literary heavyweights to emerging spoken word artists, the writers in this ground-breaking collection blow away the narrow image of the ‘Muslim Woman’.

Hear from users of Islamic Tinder, a disenchanted Maulana working as a TV chat show host and a plastic surgeon blackmailed by MI6. Follow the career of an actress with Middle-Eastern heritage whose dreams of playing a ghostbuster spiral into repeat castings as a jihadi bride. Among stories of honour killings and ill-fated love in besieged locations, we also find heart-warming connections and powerful challenges to the status quo.

From Algiers to Brighton, these stories transcend time and place revealing just how varied the search for belonging can be.

Between them the writers in this anthology have been short- or long-listed for four Orange Prizes, two Man Booker Prizes and won countless other awards. Alongside renowned authors are emerging voices published here for the first time.

**I’d like to thank the publisher for sending me a finished copy of this book in exchange for an honest review!**

Since I was taking part in #RamadanReadathon, I was really excited to read this as one of my books for it. It’s a collection of anthologies from British Muslim women. And also since I’m a writer, I try to make my books as diverse as possible, so I thought this would have been really educational to represent my Muslim characters accurately.

This was a really interesting anthology. There were many short stories and poems I really enjoyed, and it gave me a really good insight to how Muslim women live their daily lives in the UK. I learned things about Muslim women that I hadn’t known before and for that I’m grateful.

It’s a really short read but a very educational one if you’re looking to read more diversely, and certainly a really good insight into the lives of Muslim women. Though I did find some of the stories a bit slow and irrelevant to the books. My favourite aspect of the book was probably all the poems. I really enjoyed them and I’m so happy that Sabrina Mahfouz decided to put this anthology together! Overall, I really enjoyed this.