Cityread celebration of Ayisha Malik’s book 'Sofia Khan is not obliged'

Cityread London is a month-long, capital-wide book group and arts and literature festival. Launched in 2012, every year we choose a book set in London and ask the whole city to read it together and meet up with other readers at themed events in libraries, book shops and other venues. About 30,000 people take part each year, with millions more reached through marketing and media coverage.

The chosen book for Cityread 2019 is "Sofia Khan is Not Obliged" by Ayisha Malik. Billed as the Muslim Bridget Jones, it’s the hilarious romantic comedy from the writer behind Nadiya Hussain's bestselling ‘The Secret Lives of the Amir Sisters’. Sofia Khan is single once more after her sort-of-boyfriend proves just a little too close to his parents. And she'd be happy that way too if her boss hadn't asked her to write a book about the weird and wonderful world of Muslim dating. Of course, even though she definitely isn't looking for love, to write the book she does need to do a little research . . .

Ayisha was a WH Smith Fresh Talent Pick and contributed to the anthology A Change is Gonna Come (Stripes Publishing. Her third novel ‘This Green and Pleasant Land’ publishes in hardback in June 2019.


Over the centuries, diarists have chronicled London in both triumph and disaster, recording the great events and the everyday. They have captured the City in all its aspects and all its moods. Nick Dobson takes an illustrated look at various moods of London as seen through the eyes of diarists both the famous and the hitherto unknown.

Venue: Wanstead Library

Date: Friday 10 May, 6.30pm to 7.45pm

FREE, advance booking required via Eventbrite or call 020 8708 7400


Off we go on a tour of some of the most romantic spots across London! We will be visiting beauty spots, taking in breath-taking views and investigating the fascinating and sometimes surprising histories behind them. As part of this lavishly illustrated talk, Nick Dobson will make our virtual journey using some amazingly romantic modes of transport!

Venue: Gants Hill Library

Date: Monday 20 May, 6.30pm-7.45pm

FREE, advance booking required via Eventbrite or call 020 8708 9274


During May our Reading Groups will have special Cityread discussion groups on "Sofia Khan is not obliged". Please feel free to join the group of your choice, FREE, just drop in.


Redbridge Central Library

Wednesday 1 May

6.30pm to 7.30pm


Woodford Green Library

Thursday 9 May

6.30pm to 7.30pm


Gants Hill Library

Monday 13 May

10.15am to 11.30am



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