South London sisters promote their critically acclaimed two-book novel “Undying” – South London News
Two sisters from South London have been working on their novel for many years, writes Davina Hyde.
Recently shortlisted for the Bath Novel Award, the critically acclaimed two-book novel by Ambreen and Uzma Hameed Eternal has been called “The Bronte Four Lions Sisters”.
The book is a dark comedy about sibling rivalry, passion, and ancient magic, with a story starring two Balham sisters who grew up in a British Muslim family.
Uzma Hameed said: “When we were kids we grew up in Norbury and South Norwood.
“We both loved to write. As siblings we had a secret society called the Yeti Club where we read our work to each other.
“The goal was to make us laugh until we cry.
“Writing Eternal together it was a bit like an adult version of Yeti Club.
Ambreen Hameed said: “We loved giving the novel its roots in 1990s South London.
“Some key dramatic scenes take place at West Norwood Cemetery, an amazing place we both always wanted to explore properly.”
Undying received accolades from big names, including journalist and former Man Booker International Prize jury chairman Boyd Tonkin, who described the book as a lot of fun.
He said: “Sitcom-style comedy and loving satire deepens a mystery that explores what unites and divides us, and asks how art, science and religion try to make sense of a violent and unjust world. . “
Ambreen and Uzma grew up in South London and attended Norbury Manor Infants School before attending Old Palace School in Croydon.
Having lived in South London their entire lives, Ambreen is now in the Brixton area and Uzma in the Croydon area and both sisters have careers in the arts and media.
Uzma has a background in theater and dance, most recently working on award-winning works Woolf at the Royal Opera House.
Ambreen is a factual television producer / director for the BBC, ITV and Channel 4.
Eternal is their first collaboration together.