Consumed: A sister’s story
By Arifa Akbar, Sceptre, £16.99 (ebook £9.99)
Arifa Akbar’s story is one of sisterly love, a family trapped between two cultures, and the repeated misdiagnosis of a deadly disease.
Arifa’s older sister Fauzia died a painful and unnecessary death as doctors failed to recognise tuberculosis – otherwise known as consumption.
Consumed takes the reader down a journey of the conflicts between two countries, as Arifa’s family relocate from Pakistan to the UK and back more than once.
A theatre critic, Akbar leans heavily on her work and integrates the story of TB down the ages for her first fulllength book, from the suffering heroines of opera and poet Keats’ deathbed, to its resurgence in this country. Published as we reel from the coronavirus pandemic, this story of sisterly love – and sometimes hate – will resonate with many.