SOAS University of London

Centre for the Study of Pakistan

The Prisoner Book Launch

Book cover: The Prisoner
Omar Shahid Hamid, in conversation with Owen Bennett-Jones

Date: 27 May 2014Time: 6:30 PM

Finishes: 27 May 2014Time: 8:00 PM

Venue: Russell Square: College Buildings Room: Khalili Lecture Theatre

Type of Event: Book Launch

The Prisoner careens through the streets of Karachi, taking the reader on all too real world of jihadis, corrupt police officers and bloodthirsty political henchmen – all placed together in a city where no one is quite what they seem.

‘’The Prisoner sizzles along. It’s got both pace and authority. A tremendous debut novel. You’ll want to finish it in one sitting.’’ Owen Bennett-Jones

Author's Biography

Omar Shahid Hamid has served with the Karachi Police for twelve years. During his service, he has been actively targeted by various terrorist groups and organisations. He was wounded in the line of duty and his office was bombed by the Taliban in 2010. He has Masters in Criminal Justice Policy from the LSE and Masters in Law from UCL and undergraduate in Law at Kent.

Owen Bennett-Jones’s Biography

Bennett-Jones has won several awards and has been a presenter of many programems on BBC World Service. He has written for several British newspapers, including The Guardian, Financial Times and The Independent, as well as the London Review of Books. His history of Pakistan: Pakistan: Eye of the Storm, went into a third edition in 2010. In 2012, he was a visiting Ferris Professor of Journalism at Princeton University.

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