Make Believe: A True Story
In Make Believe, Diana Athill, acclaimed author of Instead of a Letter and Stet, remembers her turbulent friendship with Hakim Jamal, a young black convert to the teachings of Malcolm X, whom she met in London in the late 1960s.
Despite a desperately troubled youth, he became an eloquent spokesman for the black underclass, was Jean Seberg's lover and published a book about Malcolm X, before descending into a mania that had him believing he was God. A witness to his struggles, Diana Athill writes with her characteristic honesty about her entanglement with Jamal, Jamal's relationship with the daughter of a British MP, Gail Benson, and Jamal's, and separately Gail's, eventual murders.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - bodachliath - www.librarything.com
A curious little memoir which I find difficult to assess. I picked it up in a small independent bookshop just because it looked interesting, and I was aware of Athill's recent reputation as a grand ... Read full review
MAKE BELIEVE: A True StoryUser Review - Kirkus
Athill, a veteran London editor who 25 years ago published the autobiography of a black American militant, offers an engrossing account of their friendship—an account written with the same openness ... Read full review