Adiba Jaigirdar

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Adiba Jaigirdar is the critically-acclaimed and bestselling author of The Henna Wars and Hani & Ishu’s Guide to Fake Dating. A Bangladeshi/Irish writer and teacher, she has an MA in postcolonial studies from the University of Kent, England and a BA in English and History from University College Dublin, Ireland. All of her writing is aided by tea, and a healthy dose of Janelle Monáe and Hayley Kiyoko. When not writing, she is probably ranting about the ills of colonialism, playing video games, or expanding her overflowing lipstick collection. She can be found at or @adiba_j on Twitter and @dibs_j on Instagram.

Book Cover - Four Eids and a Funeral

Four Eids and a Funeral

Said and Tiwa do not get along. But they used to be best friends, and there’s nothing like a funeral for bringing people together. Even if that didn’t quite work, there’s always Eid and a fire at a cherished local Islamic centre to really seal the deal. Hands forced by circumstance and equipped with a bitterness that only comes from having once been truly great friends, Said and Tiwa must negotiate being back in each other’s orbit in this dual-perspective novel, sharing an uneasy if common objective to save their community space.

Book Cover - The Dos and Donuts of Love

The Dos and Donuts of Love

The Dos and Donuts of Love follows an Irish Bangladeshi 17-year-old on her baking journey as a contestant on the Bake Off inspired Junior Irish Baking Show. This pun-filled, queer love story will have you craving donuts and the Bengali desserts Shireen so passionately makes.

Book Cover - A Million to One

A Million to One

A Million to One gives the reader a glimpse into a point in history that captures the excitement and glamour of the luxurious, unsinkable Titanic. Four young women are drawn together to carry off the biggest heist of their lives – stealing a rare jewel-encrusted poetry book that will travel to America on the Titanic. The charismatic thief Josefa crafts a plan for her skilled team: Hinnah, an acrobat and contortionist; Violet, a talented actress; and Emilie, an artist and newly skilled forger.

Cover of Henna Wars by Adiba Jaigirdar

The Henna Wars

When Nishat comes out to her parents, they say Muslim girls are not lesbians, and she will bring shame on their family. Only her younger sister Priti supports her. Nishat doesn’t want to hide who she is, but she doesn’t want to lose her close relationship with her family. Things get even more complicated when a childhood friend returns unexpectedly.