'Build them a mosque, beta. Build them a mosque.'
Accountant Bilal Hasham and his journalist wife Mariam plod along contentedly in the sleepy, chocolate box English village they've lived in for eight years.
Then Bilal is summoned to his mother's bedside in Birmingham. Mrs Sakeena Hasham knows she is not long for this world. She has a final request. Instead of whispering her prayers in her dying moments, she instructs her son: You must go home to your village, and you must build a mosque.
Mariam is horrified. The villagers are outraged. How can a grieving Bilal choose between honouring his beloved mum's last wish and preserving everything held dear in the village he calls home?
But it turns out home means different things to different people.
Battle lines are drawn and this traditional little community becomes the colourful canvas on which the most current and fundamental questions of identity, friendship, family and togetherness are played out.
What makes us who we are, who do we want to be, and how far would we go to fight for it?
Advance Praise for This Green and Pleasant Land
'Witty, insightful, and shot through with pathos. . .This book is laugh out loud funny... the standout book of the year'
'Simmers with tenderness, charm and warmth... a gorgeous, deeply relevant book’ - Caroline O'Donoghue
'Exploring identity, belonging and divided loyalties... a prescient novel in our uncertain Brexit times' - Cosmopolitan
'Overflowing with warmth, humour, and sharp-eyed observation' - Ruth Ware
'With laugh-out-loud moments of absurdist comedy, poignant observations of human nature, and philosophical musings on the wisdom and nature of ‘fitting in,’ this is Malik’s best work to date. Satirical, controversial, knowing and essential' Vaseem Khan
'Malik finds the humour and humanity in the interplay between faith and family... Epic' - Nikesh Shukla
'This wonderful novel will make you laugh, make you cry and leave a mark on you long after you've finished reading it' Sarah Shaffi