Idiot, poet, jihadist, son. Who is Yahya Bas?
MISTER, MISTER is the extraordinary ‘confession’ of a poet and internet sensation who decides to tell
his story, his way, and for the final time.
When Yahya Bas finds himself in a UK detention centre after fleeing the conflict in Syria, he has many
questions to face. What was he doing in the desert? Why does he hate this country? Why did he write
the incendiary verses which turned him into an online sensation and a media pariah? Mister, his
interrogator, wants to keep him locked up. So he decides to tell his life story. On his own terms.
Following a child that East Ham made who becomes the unwitting voice of a generation, Mister, Mister
is also the story of a quest for a father and the discovery of another way to live in the shadow of war.
Bracing, tender, exuberantly imaginative, this is a novel that only Guy Gunaratne could have written.
Join Guy in conversation with Nikesh Shukla. Tickets are £5, including a glass of wine or soft drink and £2 off the book.