The Merton Big Read is a shared-reading scheme which aims to connect the local community through books and stories. The inaugural Big Read is the compelling and thought-provoking The Last White Man by Mohsin Hamid, Booker Prize shortlisted author of Exit West and The Reluctant Fundamentalist.
We have copies of the book across Merton libraries available for you to borrow in paperback, e-book and audiobook versions.
500 free books have now been distributed across the borough. If you’ve read it, pass it on! If you’re a new reader, make sure you register using the form below. We want the whole community to get involved in this borough-wide reading group, and there’s £100 up for grabs if you take part, too.
The Last White Man is a story of love, loss, and rediscovery in a time of unsettling change. It tells the story of how the world changes for a man who wakes up to a darker skin tone. It addresses universal themes of identity, being an outsider, and human fragility.