Sairish Hussain

One of Kei Miller’s selected writers for the International Literature Showcase


“What Sairish Hussain accomplishes in her debut novel The Family Tree is no easy feat – to tell a story that is unapologetically domestic – a story about a very ordinary family living a very ordinary life, and to pack it with so much tension that we can hardly breathe as we read, biting our nails, to see what happens to them all.”

Kei Miller

Young writer, old soul, smashing stereotypes by writing human stories

Sairish Hussain is a Bradford based author and Lecturer in Creative Writing. She studied English at the University of Huddersfield and progressed on to a Masters degree after being awarded the university’s Vice-Chancellor’s Scholarship. Sairish completed her PhD in 2019 and her debut novel, The Family Tree, was published by HarperCollins the following year. It was shortlisted for the Costa First Novel Award, and longlisted for the Authors’ Club Best First Novel Award. Sairish is now writing her second book.


‘One of the best new books by black and POC authors in 2020’  Cosmopolitan

‘A masterclass in representation and brilliant writing’  Zeba Talkhani, author of My Past is a Foreign Country

‘A profound, beautifully observed portrait of a British-Muslim family rocked by tragedy’ Kia Abdullah

‘An engrossing and moving story’ – Clare Chambers, author of Small Pleasures

‘Invites you in, not as a stranger but as a family friend’  Katie Fforde

I’m truly honoured to have been selected for the International Literature Showcase, it is a privilege to have my work recognised in such a momentous way.



  • The Family Tree (HarperCollins UK, 2020)
  • ‘Waiting for the Bus’, A Match Made in Heaven: British Muslim Women Write About Love and Desire (HopeRoad Publishers, 2020)

Contact Sairish


Twitter: @sairish_hussain

Instagram: @sairish.hussain


Christine Green, Christine Green Authors’ Agent


Harper Collins UK Publishers Ltd. Contact Sian Baldwin. Website.


Image credit: Sam Raz