Make Believe: A True Story (Paperback)
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Make Believe: A True Story (Paperback)

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Paperback 160 Pages
Published: 04/10/2012
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In Make Believe, Diana Athill, acclaimed author of Instead of a Letter and Stet, remembers her turbulent friendship with Hakim Jamal, a young black convert to the teachings of Malcolm X, whom she met in London in the late 1960s.

Despite a desperately troubled youth, he became an eloquent spokesman for the black underclass, was Jean Seberg's lover and published a book about Malcolm X, before descending into a mania that had him believing he was God. A witness to his struggles, Diana Athill writes with her characteristic honesty about her entanglement with Jamal, Jamal's relationship with the daughter of a British MP, Gail Benson, and Jamal's, and separately Gail's, eventual murders.

Publisher: Granta Books
ISBN: 9781847086327
Number of pages: 160
Weight: 120 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 11 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

Unnervingly candid, cooly harrowing, redolent of the hectic late Sixties and early Seventies but oddly suggestive of the tortuous depths that all relationships hold - John Updike

A memoir with the immediacy and grip of a good novel - Hilary Mantel

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