Ayesha's Gift: A daughter's search for the truth about her father, by Martin Sixsmith
Ayesha's Gift is the true story of a young woman, born in Pakistan, living in Britain, whose life is thrown into desperate turmoil by the violent death of her father. The Pakistani authorities talk of suicide, but why would Ayesha’s happy, gentle father kill himself?
Ayesha’s quest to find the truth takes her away from her safe English existence and into Pakistan, where she is met with threats, violence and smiling perjurers.
She is warned that her life is in danger; powerful, ruthless men have reasons to want her silenced. But there are things she needs to know, that compel her to press on with her search for the truth.
Was her father an innocent victim? Can she continue to revere the image of him she grew up with, that of a good, loving parent? Or will she be forced to accept that her father was not the person she thought he was?
“Wonderful . . . What I find so striking about Ayesha’s Gift is that it’s a book in which the writer is changed by the writing of the book” - Andrew Marr
“Written at thriller pace, Ayesha's Gift . . . exposes a terrifying web of gangsters and terrorists” - The Telegraph