Usman Khan was a convicted terrorist who, on release from prison, went on to kill two people. Preti Taneja had taught Kahn in prison – one of his victims was her colleague. This book is an attempt to rebuild faith in human compassion and a recommitment to activism and radical hope. Preti Taneja’s first novel, We That Are Young, won the Desmond Elliot Prize. She is a professor of World Literature and Creative Writing at Newcastle University.