The Secret Diary of an Arranged Marriage cover reveal

So I’ve got something super exciting to share with you – the book cover for my debut novel!

Commissioning a cover has been perhaps the most exciting and nerve-wracking process of all.  Why?  Because I’m not an expert, but I had a very clear vision for my designer in terms of what I wanted.  I saw my book as a less glossy Bridget Jones’ Diary, Sex and the City or The Devil Wears Prada (ambitious I know, but aim high and all that!).  At the same time, I wanted to remain true to the character of the novel – unfussy, down to earth and approachable.  So for me, it was all about a clean cover with a few simple images pulled from the novel.

I chose to avoid some of the themes adopted by many books depicting an Asian woman.  Usually they’d be very bright and really push through the ethnicity.  Don’t get me wrong, I’m sure this works for some, but I wanted my novel to be universal, and I wanted to avoid any clichés.  Yes, it depicts the life of a British-Bengali woman, but I believe that many of the issues raised affect all women in our society.  However, I have included some subtle cues to align with the subject, which will make sense when you read the book.

My designer produced four concepts, and one really struck me.  We used this as a baseline for the final cover.

Anyway, enough preamble, here it is:

Halima Khatun’s The Secret Diary of an Arranged Marriage

I hope you like it as much as I do.  Crucially, I hope you like the story too, when it’s released on the 14th February.  It feels as though it’s been a labour of love, but the most rewarding kind.

The Secret Diary of an Arranged Marriage in Asian Life

The Secret Diary of an Arranged Marriage in the press

On the promo front, I feature in this month’s Asian Life magazine, in a double page spread all about my book and the reason behind the story. I’ve also secured my first lit fest in May, with a newborn in tow, and should be speaking on the BBC about the story later this month. And breathe…

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About the Author


I’m a British-Bengali Muslim mum-of-two. My pictures aren’t filtered and neither are my words. I’m not a makeup artist, chef or lifestyle guru. I’m just me, sharing honest beauty reviews for brown skin, halal restaurant finds, travel inspo, mum life hacks, easy Bengali recipes and more. If that’s your bag, keep reading!

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