How (Not) to Have an Arranged Marriage

“Full of the compassion, humanity and mischievous sense of fun you would expect from Dr Amir. This is a complete delight from a born storyteller.” Lorraine Kelly


How (Not) to Have an Arranged Marriage is the heartwarming and entertaining multi-generational debut novel from Dr Amir Khan.

Amir has nearly 250k Twitter followers and he’s been getting some amazing exposure for the book so far, including an appearance on Graham Norton’s Virgin Radio show and Loose Women (on 19th Sept) – it’s also Heat Mag’s ‘book of the week’.

Set mostly in Birmingham and Manchester, the book’s an entertaining and heartwarming “east meets west” tale of love, friendship, family and South Asian culture, drawing in part on Amir’s own experiences of trying to find marriage by committee

We follow the romantic adventures of Yousef, his sister, Rehana and best friend, Rohit as they embark on the ups and downs of modern arranged marriage in British South Asian community, ending with two “Big Fat Asian Weddings” – which Amir was determined to show in all their glory!


He’s the perfect catch (according to his mother)

Yousef is the golden child to his strict Pakistani parents, overshadowing his younger sister, Rehana. As he finishes his medical degree in London, Yousef’s life appears to be mapped out for him: become a doctor, marry a suitable girl of his parents’ choosing and, above all, make his family proud. Then Yousef meets Jess.

A fellow medical student, Jess presents a complication to the plan. Suddenly, Yousef finds himself torn between two worlds – keeping each a secret from the other.

Then, as graduation day looms, Yousef’s mother informs him that she’s started looking for his wife . ..


Dr Amir Khan is an NHS doctor, GP Trainer and Senior Lecturer at the University of Leeds School of Medicine and the University of Bradford.

A regular contributor to ITV’s Good Morning Britain and Lorraine, he has presented and contributed to many popular TV shows. His first book, The Doctor Will See You Now was published by Ebury and was a Sunday Times bestseller.

Amir is represented by Barbara Levy and How (Not) to Have an Arranged Marriage is the first of his two-book deal with Macmillan.