For Alice Bhatti, a job as Replacement Junior Nurse at the stench-ridden Sacred Heart
Hospital for All Ailments is a welcome respite after doing time at the Borstal Jail. A chance encounter
with Teddy Butt, ex-bodybuilder and member of the nefarious Gentleman’s Squad of police, ends in
an unlikely romance between the two.
But being a Catholic choohra in an Islamic world comes with its fair share of prejudices. Repeatedly
ostracized on account of her gender and trapped by the caste system, Alice must resist stereotypes and
find grace amidst increasing intolerance.
Set in modern-day Karachi, Pakistan, Our Lady of Alice Bhatti is rambunctious, defiant and
uncompromising. Darkly humorous and written in the author’s trademark satirical style, it captures
a nation in bedlam and reaffirms Hanif’s reputation as one of the most distinctive voices from the