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Publication Order of Standalone Novels

Life, Love and Assimilation (2006)Description / Buy at Amazon
Child's Play (2009)Description / Buy at Amazon
Take It Back (2019)Description / Buy at Amazon
Truth Be Told (2020)Description / Buy at Amazon
Next of Kin (2021)Description / Buy at Amazon
Those People Next Door / Perfectly Nice Neighbors (2023)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Non-Fiction Books

Don't Offer Papaya (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon

Kia Abdullah is a British author and a travel writer.

Kia was born on May 17, 1982, in Tower Hamlets of East London. She grew up in a large family. Her parents had nine siblings, one passing away. She occasionally comments that since she is the seventh of nine children, she is Seven of Nine, just like the character in Star Trek. She is a big Star Trek fan but hopes that others will not begrudge her that.

Her parents originally come from Bangladesh. The author has been to the country twice, one time at four years old and the second time at thirteen years old. Kia also is bilingual, speaking English as well as Bengali. However, she says that she calls Britain home and when she thinks, it’s in the English language.

Her parents also had a total of six daughters, including Kia. She would usually be in trouble with her parents for making choices that they did not agree with. However, they became more accepting of her and her choices later in life, likely due to being their first child to attend and graduate university. Kia graduated with her degree in computer science.

Kia would receive her education in England. She graduated first class in computer science while attending Queen Mary, University of London. Her final thesis was all about program slicing tools that could analyze Java programs. She officially had an IQ of 150 and was part of the non-profit organization Mensa International for a year before leaving.

Kia’s work has been featured in publications and media channels such as The Telegraph, The Times, The Guardian, The New York Times, Lonely Planet, and the BBC. She also founded the blog Atlas & Boots, which is focused around outdoor travel. The blog is read by about a quarter million people every month. She also founded the non-profit organization Asian Booklist, which focuses on advocating for diversity when it comes to publishing.

Kia decided to leave her tech job in 2007 for the purpose of pursuing her writing career. She would go on to work as a sub-editor and eventually a features editor at the publication Asian Woman Magazine. There she interviewed various British-Asian figures such as Riz Ahmed and Anoushka Shankar.

The author would then team up with Penguin Random House publishing. There she helped the digital readership grow at Rough Guides, netting over a million users monthly. She left her job in 2014 so that she could found the outdoor travel blog Atlas & Boots.

Abdullah’s first novel to be published was Life, Love and Assimilation. It came out in 2006. Her novel Child’s Play was published in 2009. Her next novel Take It Back was published in 2019. It was praised by Telegraph and The Guardian, selecting it for one of the year’s best thrillers. It was also picked to go through an audio serialization courtesy of HarperCollins and The PigeonHole. Another of her novels, Truth Be Told, was published in 2020 and comes from HarperCollins.

Kia spends time in London as well as Richmond, a town in Yorkshire Dales. In her free time when she is not writing, she likes to hike, go to different far away destinations for her travel blog, and help mentor students from Tower Hamlets. While she loves traveling, she doesn’t enjoy cooking at all.

Kia has also appeared as herself in the 2008 television mini-series Women in Black.

Child’s Play is one of the early novels from author Kia Abdullah. This is a thriller with plenty of twists and turns, so if you are looking for something that is going to get your pulse up and is full of suspense, check this book out!

In this story, readers get to meet the main character of Allegra Ashe for the first time. She is a young woman of twenty-five years old, and everything appears to be going her way. She has a great family, a strong relationship with her boyfriend, who adores her, and a career that is going really well.

However, all of the great things in her idealized life may just go up in flames thanks to a job offer from a stranger. Allegra ends up somehow in a bad scenario. She’s mixed up with the classified government unity known as Vokoban. Vokoban pushes the envelope in its attempt to track down and catch pedophiles, those that they consider to be among the worst in society.

As Allegra’s existence continues to experience chaos, the reader finds themselves along for the ride. Follow every twist and turn as she enters into a world filled with danger. Will this new job prove to be a good decision or the worst one that she’s ever made? Find out what happens in the end by getting a copy of this novel for yourself and reading to the end!

Take It Back is a thriller novel written by Kia Abdullah. If you enjoy court room mysteries, check out this thriller and experience all of its twists!

In this story readers meet main character Zara Kaleel. She works in law and is one of the best in London. She was able to break the expectations that her family had of her and make her way, building a shining legal career. However, the choices that she has made in her life that end up defining it also come with a cost.

While going through a struggle with her demons, Zara has traded in her legal career to work at a sexual assault center. There she feels she can directly help people who really need it. One of those people is Jodie Wolfe. She is sixteen years old and has facial deformities.

When the teenage girl makes the accusation of a crime against four boys all in her class, it rocks the community. The defendants are from immigrant families that work hard. On top of that, they’ve all provided alibis that seem air tight. Her best friend isn’t sure that she believes her accusation either.

However, Zara is willing to take Jodie at her word. They’re on a mission to prove the truth. As they head towards a criminal trial, can Zara and Jodie make their case? What will happen? Read this book and find out!

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One Response to “Kia Abdullah”

  1. Roger Ellaway: 4 weeks ago

    I was gifted for Father’s Day Next of Kin, what a book, many twists.
    Will be getting the other 5 books from Waterstones in Tunbridge Wells next week.
    When I saw Nadine Matheson had commented on it I knew it would be my sort of book


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