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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (298 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Imran Ahmad Narrator: Imran Ahmad Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2012 ISBN: 9781611134070
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Both deliciously funny and deeply insightful, The Perfect Gentleman is a beguiling multi-layered memoir that has touched the hearts of readers all over the world.

At the age of one, Imran Ahmad moved from Pakistan to London, growing up torn between his Islamic identity and his desire to embrace the West. Join Imran in his lifelong struggle against corruption and injustice, and as he grapples with some of Life’s most profound questions. What does God do exactly? Do you automatically go to Hell for following the wrong religion? How do you persuade a beautiful woman to become your girlfriend (and would driving a Jaguar XJS help?) Can you maintain a James Bond persona without the vodka, cigarettes, and women—even while your parents are trying to arrange your marriage?

Imran’s unimagined journey makes thoughtful, compelling, and downright delightful reading. With a unique style and unflinching honesty, The Perfect Gentleman addresses serious issues in an extraordinarily light way, and will leave readers both thinking deeply and laughing out loud.

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Quotes & Awards

  • I could not put the book down. I laughed at Imran's memories of his childhood. I marveled at his ability to look at his stumbles with such fearless honesty and I shared his gentle, wry irritation at the unfairness of the world.
    The greatness of this book is easy to understand. Read it and you will come to know Imran Ahmad as though you have spent a lifetime growing up with him. You will warm to his wonderfully self-deprecating humor and, almost incidentally, you will learn a lot about yourself and a vast amount about the complex multicultural confusion of growing up as an immigrant Pakistani Muslim in England. This is a wise and witty book about the new cultural reality of globalization.
    Bruce Elder, Sydney Morning Herald
  • 'Hurrah for a memoir that isn't miserable! Hurray for Imran Ahmad's terrific sense of humor ... an entertaining, moving and thoroughly thought-provoking tale of our times.' The Daily Mail
  • 'A compelling quest for belonging ...' Guardian
  • “Beautifully written, funny and endearing, and in its own quiet way, important.” 

    Sue Townsend

  • ...irresistible-- a charming, laugh-out-loud-funny memoir of a Pakistani Muslim boy growing up in the western world. Full of suprises, hard to put down. John Berendt, author of Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil
  • ...beautifully written, funny and endearing, and in its own quiet way, important. Sue Townsend, author of the Adrian Mole books
  • ... very clearly and vividly written, it's funny and perceptive about schools and neighbors and friends and girls and especially about the narrator himself, with his continuing puzzlement about religion, his smartly pressed clothes, and his apparently naïve fixation with cars. Philip Pullman, author of The Golden Compass series
  • “A charming, laugh-out-loud-funny memoir of a Pakistani Muslim boy growing up in the western world.”

    John Berendt, author of Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil

  • “This is a wise and witty book about the new cultural reality of globalization.”

    Sydney Morning Herald

  • “An entertaining, moving and thoroughly thought-provoking tale of our times.” 

    Daily Mail (London)


  • “A compelling quest for belonging.” 

    Guardian (London)

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Diana Pettis | 2/16/2014

    " This is an adult story: Memoir about a Muslim boy who meets people from all the corners of the world. If you are interested in religion and culture this is the story for you. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marion | 2/12/2014

    " Overall, I enjoyed this memoir. The author narrates the story of his life as he saw it, year-by-year so, of course, his childhood stories are entertaining. I know (from the title and theme) that the point was for him to show his growth as a Muslim and his understanding of his faith, but I felt like there were times in the middle where he lost focus. But I particularly liked his statements in his "Afterward" and, overall, I learned a lot from his perspective. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ana | 2/11/2014

    " Interesting, author has a fresh point of view and expresses himself well. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Buthna | 2/5/2014

    " his childhood remembrances were witty and relatable (as a muslim girl who's also met the west). but as he got older, the writing became more self-conscious and deliberate... and a little too religious for my cup o' tea. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sally McRogerson | 1/18/2014

    " A gem of a reading group choice! The guy writes well, is amusing and has a decent story to tell. What more could you ask? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Emily | 1/15/2014

    " I love books that help me understand other cultures, especially when they are as entertaining as this book is. This is a very interesting memoir with a fascinatingly different structure that I found quite engaging - one chapter per year of his life. His voice at each age rings so true and honest - he is painfully honest about his own flaws, for example - that it is almost as though he recorded his thoughts as he grew up, and had only to write them up to create this wonderful book. Of course, I'm sure that's NOT how he did it. I especially appreciate his exploration of religion and his internal struggle when his evangelical Christian friends in college tell him he'll be "left behind" unless he converts. I highly recommend this book to everyone. It definitely helped me understand the mainstream Muslim world, and reinforced the truth that we are all much more alike than different. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Fahad | 1/14/2014

    " The book is all over the place. Is this book about a Muslim boy or a boy is nuclear to me. There is a major disconnect between the ending and the rest of the book. However, I agree with Imran's views at the end of the book. In the West, people marry for love, our people marry because they need to carry on tradition. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 April | 1/3/2014

    " A delightful read. The editor's short foreword is not to be missed. I just wish there were more books like this. The front cover is adorable - the author at 2 years old in a suit and tie. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stuart Ridgway | 11/27/2013

    " A very well written and insightful look at he UK during his childhood, I grew up in the same era and it rang very true. Not a WOW! book but very much worth reading. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sunita | 11/3/2013

    " Writes with humor about the immigrant expereince "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joella Tunnell | 10/19/2013

    " A charming memoir by a Muslim growing up in London. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Pat | 3/4/2013

    " Interesting, if overly long, perspectives on growing up Muslim in England. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Edit Noorita Kusuma | 2/18/2013

    " Pertukaran budaya antara dua negara berbeda jadi mendapatkan gambaran menyeluruh yang utuh mengenai negara yang mayoritas non muslim dihuni oleh seseorang dari negara yang mayoritas muslim. Pertentangan-pertentangan apa yang dihadapi. Seru.. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Lillerina | 11/25/2012

    " Read this in spring 2009 for a class. Didn't like it. It had this thread running through it of 'I am more enlightened than everyone around me' which didn't then play out in his actions. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Teegan | 10/29/2012

    " Funny. Got a little preachy on the last chapter...like he wasn't quite sure how to finish. But still a good read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anna Shade | 4/8/2012

    " Cute, funny, poignant story about a Pakistani growing up in England. Thought-provoking. I met the author and he is the same in person. Must read. "

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About the Author
Imran Ahmad was born in Pakistan and moved to England in the early 1960s as a very young boy. He studied chemistry and pursued a career in senior management for a number of large corporations. This is is first book.