New book by local writer goes global

A BOOK written in a Lockwood bedroom has gone on sale in 17 countries.

A BOOK written in a Lockwood bedroom has gone on sale in 17 countries.

Huddersfield author Nadeem Aslam has just released his third novel called The Wasted Vigil.

It features the stories of people living in war-torn Afghanistan.

Nadeem Aslam is a former Huddersfield Technical College student who visited the country to research the novel.

He used his experience there to write the novel, which as just been released.

Mr Aslam, 42, said: “I wrote most of the book when I was living in Huddersfield and I keep thinking to myself that this book which is being published in 17 countries throughout the world was written in a small room in Lockwood.

“I moved to Huddersfield when I was 15 and Huddersfield is home to me.”

The Wasted Vigil details the lives of six people living in war torn Afghanistan over the past two decades.

Mr Aslam said: “I always say that nothing in a novel is made up.

“Some people may say the book is painful to read, but the stories are true to some people.

“I try to imagine how hard it must be to live through this.

“If something horrible is going on in the world I believe people should know about it.”

Nadeem Aslam was born in Pakistan in 1966 and moved to Huddersfield as a teenager where his family settled.

He studied biochemistry at the University of Manchester but later became a writer. His first book was called Season of the Rainbirds.

His second, Maps for Lost Lovers, was long-listed for the Booker Prize.

To research The Wasted Vigil he travelled to Afghanistan two years ago where he spoke to youngsters on the way to school, professors and shopkeepers.

He added: “Afghanistan is a physically beautiful place as a country, but this war has been going on for 25 years and it is a damaged place.

“It was so interesting to be there, to speak to people and get their views of life.

“If they can live that life then I can write about it and people can read it and know what it’s like.”

The Wasted Vigil is out now, published by Faber and Faber.

 

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