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Manuscript help, book reviews and author interviews

The Lives of Others – Neel Mukherjee; reviewed by Sravasti Ghosh Dastidar

Fascinating insight into the Naxalite Movement Born in the late 60s and early 70s, we heard horrific tales of the brightest youth of our family and friends having died or … Continue reading

February 25, 2017 · Leave a comment

Before the Rains by Dinah Jefferies

…Eliza woke early the next day. Her curtains were flimsy and the sun was already bright enough to force her to shield her eyes as she jumped out of bed … Continue reading

February 18, 2017 · 2 Comments

Song of the Sun God by Shankari Chandran

…She turned her face towards the fading light. Nala warned her about her skin getting darker but she had never ceased. She loved the feeling of the sun on her. … Continue reading

February 4, 2017 · 3 Comments

Idris:Keeper of the Light by Anita Nair

But now your heart is set: you want to have the tale of all my trails- I must add more tears to those I have already shed.  What should I … Continue reading

January 2, 2017 · Leave a comment

The Taming of the Queen by Philippa Gregory

She lays her warm cheek to mine. ‘You have to live,’ she says with quiet passion. ‘Sometimes, at court, a woman had to do anything to survive. Anything. You have … Continue reading

December 23, 2016 · Leave a comment

Lilac Girls by Martha Hall Kelly

When I picked up Lilac Girls by Martha Hall Kelly , I knew what I was in for. WW2- with the death camps and blitzkrieg, Hitler and his desire to … Continue reading

May 14, 2016 · Leave a comment

The Dark Lady’s Mask by Mary Sharratt

400 years after his death, Shakespeare is still and will always be regarded as the greatest writer and dramatist in English language. However, controversy has always surrounded his religion, sexuality … Continue reading

May 11, 2016 · 2 Comments

An Interview with Anita Anand, author of Sophia: Princess, Suffragette, Revolutionary

Anita Anand has been a radio and television journalist for almost twenty years. She is the presenter of ‘Any Answers’, the political phone-in on BBC Radio 4. She was a … Continue reading

April 30, 2016 · 2 Comments

We Are Afghan Women – Voices of Hope

Having read enough and more fiction, with Afghanistan as the central theme, I thought I knew all there was to know about what the country had endured. Add to that … Continue reading

March 28, 2016 · Leave a comment

The Curse of Damini by Debajani Mohanty

1945 – when many in pre-independence India had to make a choice between Gandhi’s ideology of nonviolence and Bose’s idea of snatching what was rightfully yours. The Curse of Damini starts … Continue reading

December 8, 2015 · Leave a comment