Next of Kin

Original title: 

Next of Kin

Polish title: 

Najbliższa rodzina

1st edition: 
Wydawnictwo Kobiece

Born in Tower Hamlets in East London, Kia was raised in a family of eight children (six daughters.) She graduated from university with a first in Computer Science. In 2007, Kia left her job in tech to pursue the one thing she had always wanted: a career as a writer. She worked as sub-editor and later features editor at Asian Woman Magazine. Kia went on to join global publisher Penguin Random House where she helped grow digital readership at Rough Guides to over a million users per month. In 2014, she quit her day job to found Atlas & Boots, an outdoor travel blog now read by 150,000 people a month. Today, she spends her time writing, hiking, mentoring pupils from Tower Hamlets and visiting far-flung destinations for Atlas & Boots. Kia has written for "The New York Times," "The Guardian," "The Financial Times," "The Times," The Telegraph" and the BBC, and has received a JB Priestley Award for Writers of Promise (2020). She is also the founder of Asian Booklist, a nonprofit that advocates for diversity in publishing. Her novels include Take It Back, a Guardian and Telegraph thriller of the year, Truth Be Told which was shortlisted for a Diverse Book Award, and Next of Kin which was longlisted for the CWA Gold Dagger Award and won the Adult Fiction Diverse Book Award 2022. Her new novel, Those People Next Door, is out now.

On an ordinary working day, Leila Syed receives a call that cleaves her life in two. Her brother-in-law’s voice is filled with panic. His son’s nursery have called to ask where little Max is. Leila was supposed to drop Max off that morning. But she forgot. Racing to the carpark, she grasps the horror of what she has done. Max has been locked in her car for several hours on the hottest day of the year. But she’s too late. What follows is an explosive, high-profile trial that will tear the family apart. But as the case progresses it becomes clear there’s more to this incident than meets the eye… A gripping, brave and tense courtroom drama, Next of Kin will keep you on the edge of your seat until the final, heart-stopping page.