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The Last Word

Wednesday 26 March 2014

1 Hour


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One of the great modern British writers Hanif Kureishi talks to broadcaster David Freeman about his new novel, The Last Word, an outrageous and funny tale of sex, lies, art and of what defines a life. A young writer, Harry, is commissioned to write the biography of fading and ageing Indian-born writer, Mamoon, in an effort to revitalise the writer’s career and bank balance. Harry admires Mamoon and wants to uncover the truth of the artist’s life. His publisher wants a story of sex and scandal to generate headlines. Mamoon, however, is after a different kind of truth altogether. The struggle between them raises questions of love and desire, loyalty and betrayal, and the frailty of age versus the recklessness of youth.

Kuresihi is a playwright, novelist, screenwriter and filmmaker. His The Buddha of Suburbia won the Whitbread Prize for Best First Novel and his plays, Outskirts and Borderline won the George Devine Award. He won an Oscar nomination for best screenplay for My Beautiful Launderette.