summer reading lovereading canvas bags debuts of the month Dear Amy when i was invisible
Vouchers


A Life Apart by Neel Mukherjee
  

A Life Apart

Neel Mukherjee

Literary Fiction   Debuts of the Month   
Download an extract Discuss on Facebook Discuss this book on our Literary Contemporary Facebook group Add to wishlist Share this book

Lovereading view...

One of our Debuts of the Year 2011.

February 2011 Debut of the Month.

A Life Apart is a scalding novel about dislocations and alienations, about the tenuous and unconscious intersections of lives and histories and about the consolations of storytelling.

If you like Neel Mukherjee you might also like to read books by Amitav Ghosh, Vikas Swarup and Vikrem Seth.

Synopsis

A Life Apart by Neel Mukherjee

Ritwik Ghosh, twenty-two and recently orphaned, finds the chance to start a new life when he arrives in England from Calcutta. But to do so, he must not only relive his entire past but also make sense of his relationship with his mother - scarred, abusive and all-consuming. But Oxford holds little of the salvation Ritwik is looking for. Instead he moves to London, where he drops out of official existence into a shadowy hinterland of illegal immigrants. However, the story that Ritwik writes to stave off his loneliness - a Miss Gilby who teaches English, music and Western manners to the wife of a liberal zamindar - begins to find ghostly echoes in his life with his aged landlady, Anne Cameron. But then, one night, in the badlands of King's Cross, Ritwik runs into the suave, unfathomable Zafar bin Hashm. As present and past of several lives collide, Ritwik's own goes into free fall.

Reviews

A brilliant first novel... shockingly good. -- Rose Tremain Daily Telegraph The writing... has a sculptured clarity. Assured and fearless... This is subtle, precise writing that penetrates character and motive with astringent humour. -- Helen Dunmore The Times Incisive and poetic, sensual and intelligent, a novel with great breadth, heart and courage. Ali Smith There are a lot of subtle cultural ironies in Neel Mukherjee's debut novel, which is what makes the book such a delight ... A Life Apart is an elegant and accomplished debut, a novel of many shades. It blends the poignancy of a coming-of-age story with the rawer excitements of an urban thriller laced with sex and violence. The Sunday Telegraph Mukherjee deftly interweaves the worlds of the arms trade, sex workers, fruit pickers and the Daily Mail, while also casting a light on the economic policies of the Raj, communal violence and the fragility of relationships conducted under the glare of history. But he never loses sight of his characters and their emotional upheaval. The growing tension is expertly handled, the ending unsurprising yet completely devastating. The Guardian Rich and nuanced ... Mukherjee is excellent on what motivates people to act the way they do. Daily Telegraph Impressive...Mukherjee writes wryly and wonderfully...deeply engaging and brilliantly observed. Indpendent Ambitious and subtly written. Sunday Times Fascinating. Woman There is a freshness and energy to this debut that hints of greater things to come. Independent on Sunday Impressively assured debut. Irish Times Beautifully written. Good Book Guide


About the Author

Neel Mukherjee

Neel Mukherjee was born in Calcutta and educated in Calcutta, Oxford, and Cambridge. He reviews fiction for The Times and Time Magazine Asia and has written for the TLS, the Daily Telegraph, the Observer, the New York Times, the Boston Review, the Sunday Telegraph and Biblio. He is also a contributing editor to the Boston Review. He divides his time between London and the USA. A Life Apart is his first novel.

More books by this author
Author 'Like for Like' recommendations

Loading similar books...
Loading other formats...

Book Info

Publication date

27th January 2011

Author

Neel Mukherjee

More books by Neel Mukherjee
Author 'Like for Like'
    recommendations

Author's Website

www.neelmukherjee.com/_
Loading twitter updates...

Publisher

Corsair an imprint of Constable and Robinson

Format

Paperback
416 pages

Categories

Literary Fiction
Debuts of the Month

Religious & spiritual fiction

ISBN

9781849013895

I love 'try before you buy' extracts. I love the wide range of authors & genres. I love the author info. I love books!

Judi Davies

You'll always find what you never knew you were looking for and you're always spoilt for choice.

Helen Jones

Lovereading is like booking a holiday, you don't know what it will be like and it is a whole new experience.

Sue Burton

Lovereading has given me the opportunity to delve into new and exciting worlds of authors who I would never have tried before.

Glynis Elliott

Lovereading does a stella job in promoting both new and established authors.

Iris Clements

It's the first site that I visit when deciding on the next set of books to buy. A particular treat is being able to download an extract.

Tessa Olson

I love Lovereading for the wonderful like for like author recommendations and for highlighting new books, it's a great resource for readers!

Lindsay

As for why I'd recommend Lovereading, it's simple - it's a great place to get information and reviews about new books!

Margaret Freeman

Lovereading4kids

Lovereading4schools