Thursday October 29, 2020

One woman’s fight to be heard in a male world

Non-fiction: Laughing All The Way To The Mosque. By Zarqa Nawaz. Virago, €16.99. Reviewed by Joanne Hayden

22nd April, 2015
2
Zarqa Nawaz: the Canadian author writes engagingly about her upbringing in a conservative Pakistani family. Picture: Getty

Growing up in Canada, the only daughter of Pakistani parents, Zarqa Nawaz found several ways to rebel. First she shaved her legs and cut her hair; then, in a bit to outdo her conservative mother and father, she began wearing the hijab, turned off Bollywood tunes and binned a bottle of vanilla essence because it contained alcohol.

Nawaz is self-deprecating and often very funny as she tells these stories, but the lightheartedness of her memoir...

Subscribe from just €1 for the first month!

Exclusive offers:

All Digital Access + eReader

Trial

€1

Unlimited Access for 1 Month

Then €19.99 a month after the offer period.

Get basic
*New subscribers only
You can cancel any time.

Annual

€200

€149 For the 1st Year

Unlimited Access for 1 Year

You can cancel any time.

Quarterly

€55

€42

90 Day Pass

You can cancel any time.

2 Yearly

€315

€248

Unlimited Access for 2 Years

This product does not auto-renew

Team Pass

Get a Business Account for you and your team

Related Stories

A fictional mystery podcast, a spooky video game and a modern movie based on a classic novel are this week’s picks

Jenny Murphy Byrne | 4 days ago

In spite of the cold, and disturbing reflections, Irish TV’s favourite architect hasn’t let go of his obsession with very big windows

Emmanuel Kehoe | 4 days ago

A new Crash Bandicoot game, a drama about former FBI director James Comey and an unusual trip to the beach are this week’s selections

Jenny Murphy Byrne | 1 month ago