Author : Stephan Collishaw
Publisher : Legend Press
Genre : Literary Fiction Continue reading
Somehow I think I am going to terribly break my book ban this year. In fact I may as well forget I have a book ban because not only do I have these books with me, I also have a few more coming in that I’ll post later this month (some are gifts for someone’s birthday and I don’t want them to spot them on here).
I already posted a rather large haul a while back. But, as luck would have it, I got a few more books and I cannot wait to share them with you. You would have already seen some reviews of these. Since it is a collective haul I decided to include most of the books I acquired recently including review copies since people say those count too!
Aaaaand as usual I am back to share my wishlist of new releases with you. This time it’s as exciting as the previous one (as I say every time) and you’ll not be able to leave this page without wanting a few of them.
1. The Other Half Of Happiness – Ayisha Malik (part two of Sodia Khan) is out in paperback this month and while I haven’t read the fist one, the cover itself is enough to make me want this. “Sofia Khan is just married. But no-one told her life was going to be this way. . . Her living situation is in dire straits, her husband Conall is distant and his annoyingly attractive colleague is ringing all sorts of alarm bells. When her mother forces them into a belated wedding ceremony (elopement: you can run, but you can’t hide), Sofia wonders if it might be a chance to bring them together. But when it forces Conall to confess his darkest secret, it might just tear them apart.” I’ve heard this being described as an eastern Bridget Jones and that definitely makes it appealing. Available for purchase here.
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I recently discovered Speaking Tiger , an Indian independent publisher, when I asked for suggestions of books to read on my twitter. The Sari of Surya Vilas was amongst those recommended and I suddenly found myself clicking order and gleefully requesting a marketing list from them. In that list, there were a few amazing sounding translated books that stood out! So, I thought I’d share them with you in the hopes that you find them as intriguing as I do.
An acclaimed contemporary Marathi novel, Half-Open Windows (Khidkya Ardhya Ughadya) is a striking portrait of India’s urban upper middle class on an obsessive quest for riches and prestige. Set in the enticing yet treacherous city of Mumbai, it closely follows the lives of people connected to SNA Architects, an up-and-coming firm, basking in the glory of their recent success—a high-rise in the premium area of Colaba.
As events unfold, we encounter the corrupt and ruthless Niranjan, founder of SNA, and his associate, Nita, who think bribery is a small price to pay to get to the top; another founder of SNA, the honest but naïve Sanika, and Shushrut, an aspiring writer who is no longer content to play her stay-at-home partner; an NGO worker, Swarupa, torn between her loyalty to an old friend and her duty as a whistle-blower; a lonely widow, Joshi Kaku, who wonders if moving to the US to live with her son and his family—with whom she can forge no connections—is a wise idea; and Ramakant, a young student of architecture, who is contemplating suicide in a desperate bid for attention.
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Coming out on November 3rd from Bloomsbury India, Mr.Iyer Goes To War is a hilarious story about a religiously inclined Lalgudi Iyer. After an accident which leaves him with a concussion, he starts having visions of his past life where he was Bhima. Now he’s convinced that this has all happened because he has to fulfil Bhima’s unfinished business and sets out with his friend, the undertaken Bencho, to do so.
This sounds like an absolute laugh riot and I’ve been loving what Bloomsbury has brought out this year. Can’t wait to get my hands on this.
03:02 is a book that I very high expectations for. When I started reading it my expectations dropped a tiny bit, but only a tiny bit. I still had high expectations for it. Which is why, I have to say, I’m sorely disappointed.