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81Zp UKvwSLFOUR SEASONS IN ROME – ANTHONY DOERR

Anyone who’s loved All The Light we Cannot See as much will understand how excited I am to see that there is another book from Mr.Doerr and this one is a nonfiction, based in another European locale.

On the same day that his wife gave birth to twins, Anthony Doerr received the Rome Prize, an award that gave him a year-long stipend and studio in Rome…” This book chronicles his experiences in Rome and the happenings of that wonderful day.

This has already released internationally eons ago (2007) but this is new to me and I just spotted this on amazon India and I’m so psyched to read it!

81daHyY-TTLHOW I BECAME A TREE – SUMANA ROY

I know nothing about this book except that the cover grabbed my attention and that it’s from Aleph publishers. I have mostly enjoyed the books I’ve read from them so I’m sure I can blindly get excited about this as well!

“In this remarkable and often unsettling book, Sumana Roy gives us a new vision of what it means to be human in the natural world. Increasingly disturbed by the violence, hate, insincerity, greed and selfishness of her kind, the author is drawn to the idea of becoming a tree.”

She talks about many things in this book and from the sounds of it I have a feeling that people who liked The Vegetarian by Han Kang will enjoy this as well. I really liked The Vegetarian and I cannot wait to get my little paws on this bad boy…girl. Releasing 15th February from Aleph Books.

810qktEBaALHEROINES : POWERFUL INDIAN WOMEN OF MYTH AND HISTORY – IRA MUKHOTY

Also from Aleph is this beautiful feminist read.  (If you didn’t know already they come up with amazing feminist books) Easier to share the blurb so I’ll do just that “The idea of heroism in women is not easily defined. In men the notion is often associated with physical strength and extravagant bravery. Women’s heroism has tended to be of a very different nature, less easily categorized. All the women portrayed—Draupadi, Radha, Ambapali, Raziya Sultan, Meerabai, Jahanara, Laxmibai and Hazrat Mahal—share an unassailable belief in a cause, for which they are willing to fightto the death if need be. In every case this belief leads them to confrontation with a horrified patriarchy.”

I cannot wait to get started on this, I’ve already requested a copy and I really hope I get it. It sounds like it’ll end up on my top books of 2017.

917T0W6T-CLAUTOPLAY : NOT SO STORIES – G.SAMPATH

From Harpercollins is another lovely short story collection which sounds bloody BRILLIANT!

‘Are there people you know who are not words?’
A cancer survivor wreaks vengeance on the world, a builder erects the Taj Mahal of public toilets, a woman buys a treadmill for her depressed pet, a husband’s life is hijacked by his wife’s nightmares, a matrimonial advertisement says it like it really is … Autoplay explores the futuristic, semi-dystopian Hindu Aryan Republic of India.”

I have to have this, I absolutely must. Doesn’t it sound amazing? I’m getting such amazing author vibes from the blurb alone!

9781408870792JONATHAN UNLEASHED

Okay this one sounds bloody amazing. Listen “Jonathan Trefoil’s boss is unhinged, his relationship baffling and his apartment just the wrong side of legal. His girlfriend wants to marry someone just like him – only richer and more organised with a different sense of humour. On the plus side, his two flatmates are determined to fix his life – or possibly to destroy it altogether. It’s difficult to be certain as they only speak dog.Poor Jonathan. He doesn’t remember life being this confusing back in the good old days before everyone expected him to act like a person. But one thing he knows for sure: if he can make it in New York City, he can make it anywhere.”

Tell me you don’t want to read this after that! I’m super impressed with Bloomsbury’s lineup this time. Sounds perfect!

9781408863756ALL THE BELOVED GHOSTS – ALISON MACLEOD

This is a collection of short stories that I think I will enjoy quite a bit. It has a rather desolate yet beautiful vibe about it don’t you think?

Hovering on the border of life and death, these stories form a ground-shifting collection, taking us into history, literature and the hidden lives of iconic figures. In 1920s Nova Scotia, as winter begins to thaw, a woman emerges from mourning and wears a new fur coat to a dance that will change everything. A teenager searches for his lover on a charged summer evening in 2011, as around him London erupts in anger. A cardiac specialist lingers on the edge of consciousness as he awaits a new heart – and is transported to an attic room half a century ago. In an ancient Yorkshire churchyard, the author visits Sylvia Plath’s grave and makes an unexpected connection across time. On a trip to Brighton, reluctant jihadists face the ultimate spiritual test. And at Charleston, Angelica Garnett, child of the Bloomsbury Group, is overcome by the past, all the beloved ghosts that spring to life before her eyes.”

Apart from these lovely releases there is also the paperback release of Saikat Majumdar’s The Firebird  and Manjula Padhmanabhan’s The Island Of Lost Girls, both from Hackette India. Not to mention Kissing The Demon, The Creative Writer’s Handbook (which I desperately need), Imagine, new and selected poems By Shanta Acharya from Harpercollins India. And The House At Bishopsgate sounds brilliant but it’s part of a trilogy and I’ll be wanting to read those book first.

Are you looking forward to reading any of these?

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