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Take it Back by Kia Abdullah

January 30, 2019

A thrilling courtroom drama, perfect for fans of Anatomy of a Scandal, He Said/She Said and Apple Tree Yard, Take It Back is the new novel from a bold and startling voice in crime thriller fiction.

The Victim: A sixteen-year-old girl with facial deformities, neglected by an alcoholic mother. Who accuses the boys of something unthinkable.

The Defendants: Four handsome teenage boys from hardworking immigrant families. All with corroborating stories.

Whose side would you take?

Zara Kaleel, one of London’s brightest young legal minds, shattered the expectations placed on her by her family and forged a glittering career at the Bar. All before hanging up her barrister’s wig to help the victims who needed her most.

Victims like Jodie Wolfe.

Jodie’s own best friend doesn’t even believe her claims that their classmates carried out such a crime. But Zara does. And Zara is determined to fight for her.

Jodie and Zara become the centre of the most explosive criminal trial of the year, in which ugly divisions within British society are exposed. As everything around Zara begins to unravel she becomes even more determined to get Jodie the justice she’s looking for. But at what price?

Hear from Editorial Director, Manpreet Grewal:

‘Books really are incredible things. They make us laugh, move us to tears, fill us with adrenaline, and can speak directly to our own unique, inner lives. But there are also those rare books that have the power to shake us to our very cores and when we finish reading them, we realise we aren’t quite the same as when we started. Take It Back is one of those books.

Take It Back combines masterful storytelling, addictive prose, and an unflinching portrait of some of the darkest divisions within contemporary British society. What Kia’s writing forces us to confront could not be more timely.

Take It Back moved me in ways I can’t explain and I defy anyone not to have a strong emotional reaction to this incredibly powerful novel.’

Published 3rd October 2019 | Hardback | 9780008314675 | RRP £12.99

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