Read Widely in 2022. As we continue our year-long promotion of fabulous fiction by authors of colour we’re once again shouting about our headline title, A More Perfect Union by Tamye Huf, encouraging everyone to pick up and read this wonderful novel.

So, with Spring in the air and bank holidays on the way why not make the most of that extra time to relax with May’s Read Widely recommendation, The Family Tree. This wonderful, debut novel by Sairish Hussain was shortlisted for The Portico Prize and Costa First Novel Award!

Your roots can always lead you home…

Amjad cradles his baby daughter in the middle of the night. He has no time to mourn his wife’s death. Saahil and Zahra, his two small children, are relying on him. Amjad vows to love and protect them always.

Years later, Saahil and his best friend, Ehsan, have finished university and are celebrating with friends. But when the night turns dangerous, its devastating effects will ripple through the years to come.

Zahra is now her father’s only source of comfort. Life has taken her small family in different directions – will they ever find their way back to each other?

The Family Tree is the moving story of a British Muslim family full of love, laughter and resilience as well as all the faults, mistakes and stubborn loyalties which make us human.

Extra copies of all the books featured in this year’s Read Widely campaign are available to borrow from your library. Or, if you’re part of a Manchester Libraries reading group and fancy giving any of them a go, get in touch for a book set by emailing

To check availability or reserve a copy for collection from your local library please access the online catalogue here.