Make Believe


In ‘Make Believe’ Diana Athill 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.

ISBN: 9781783787449 Author: Athill, Diana Publisher: GRANTA BOOKS Publication Date: 2nd June 2022 Imprint: Granta Books Cover: Paperback Dewey: 973.04960730092 (edition:23) Pages: 160 Language: English Readership: General - Trade / Code: K Category: Subjects: , , ,

Following a turbulent upbringing, a history of addiction and a committal to an asylum, the teachings of Malcolm X changed Hakim Jamal’s life. He became an eloquent, rousing spokesperson for the Nation of Islam movement, moved to London, began a relationship with Gale Benson – the daughter of a British MP – and published a book about Malcolm X, with Diana Athill. Before long, however, he began behaving erratically again, and believed himself to be God.Raw and unflinching, Make Believe is a memoir of friendship, love, mania and injustice. A witness to his struggles, Athill reflects on her relationship with Hakim with characteristic empathy and candour, whilst charting the events that led to Gale’s – and not long after, Hakim’s – murder.

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