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Hillstation by Robin Mukherjee


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August 2016 Debut of the Month.

Warmly amusing, gorgeously transportive and eye opening, this is a novel that subtly and quietly creeps under your skin. When a risqué dance troupe arrives in a remote Himalayan village in India, it quite literally appears to be the answer to Rabindra’s prayers. Rabindra has been dreaming of England, his brother trained there as a Doctor, returning full of dazzling information, and so second son Rabindra asked the gods for help. Robin Mukherjee brings the village of Pushkara and it’s colourful inhabitants to vibrant, glorious life. With imagined conversations, misunderstandings and miscommunication taking place, I chortled and smirked as human nature asserted itself on the other side of the world. Robin Mukherjee’s writing is bright and bold, yet a skilful eloquence ensures a thought provoking bite. ‘Hillstation’ surprised me, it delivered so much more than I was expecting, it’s a quirky, quite delightful read and I adored it. ~ Liz Robinson

A 'Piece of Passion' from the publisher...

'I remember first opening Hillstation on my train journey home from work one day, it had been a long day and I was tired and, in all honestly, didn't really fancy reading anything. Within a few paragraphs Robin Mukjerjee's delightful, charming prose had me smitten.

I chuckled at the dry humour that permeates the pages as I became fascinated by the local Indian village and its inhabitants: their personalities, their spirituality, and their response to the comical chaos that disrupts their normal, conservative way of life. Before long, I had fallen in love with this unique novel and its endearing protagonist, Rabindra.

If you want a book that will make you laugh, enlighten you about culture, ask questions about our aspirations (and whether what we think we aspire to is really what we want) and ultimately leave you with a big grin on your face, Hillstation is the book for you.' - Clare Quinlivan, Editorial and Rights Executive, Oldcastle Books

Reader Reviews

In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of our Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title. You can click here to read the full reviews.

  • Kate Simons - 'A wonderful tale of coming of age in a culture that is fast disappearing, I adored this book, with its gentle rhythms, its endearing characters, and its dry wit.'

  • Angela Rhodes - 'Full of the most likeable characters, and beautiful descriptions, I did not want this book to end.'
  • Phylippa Smithson - 'Wonderfully written humorous story based in the foothills of the Himalayas but not a plot I could believe in.'

  • Alexandra Harper-Williams - 'Enchanting and funny modern fable about life in a small village in the Indian mountains. It will make you smile.'
  • Alex Hetherington - 'Despite the characters finding themselves in the most perilous of situations towards the end, no matter what moral epiphanies filled the final pages, by then I had lost interest altogether.' 

  • Karen Mcintosh - 'The book was very well written and I thought the last few chapters were a perfect end to the story' 

  • Christine Scott - 'This is a story that can be a bit confusing and you really have think about it as you read. An interesting read.

  • Keith Currie - 'In a small community in the Himalayas the arrival of an English exotic dance troupe creates havoc and change - the funniest and most entertaining novel I have read so far this year.'

  • Lindsey Whittle - 'Very enjoyable - Alexander McCall Smith with a little more bite! Perfect escapist reading for a wet weekend.' 

  • Tracey Thomas - 'Highly enjoyable, full of warmth and humour.'

  • Ian Tyreman - 'Interesting concept but just didn't grip me, detailed descriptions but not enchanting characters. Although well written and good use of language it just was not for me.'
  • Rebecca Cockeram - 'A fun, atmospheric story - definitely worth putting on your holiday list.'

  • Liz Bloomer - 'Not a book that I enjoyed reading but could imagine it being made into a comedy film. A little too far fetched and not the sort of book that I would normally buy.'


Hillstation by Robin Mukherjee

Dreaming of escape from his remote village in the Himalayan foothills, Rabindra entreats the gods to send him an English bride. When a saucy English dance troupe arrives on the run from a Bombay crime boss, Rabindra believes that his prayers have been answered. Except that they have no interest in marrying anyone. As the village begins to unravel in the presence of these scandalous foreigners, surprising secrets emerge from the depths of its past.


About the Author

Robin Mukherjee

Robin Mukherjee has written extensively for theatre, television, radio and film. His television work includes many well-known series, for which he has been a core writer, including Eastenders, The Bill and Casualty. His first feature film won the Audience Award at the London Film Festival. His most recent feature, Lore, has won numerous awards worldwide and was nominated for an Australian Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay. His television serial Combat Kids, was recently nominated for a BAFTA for Best Children’s Drama. He has also written The Art Of Screenplays: A Writer’s Guide (Creative Essentials).

Robin lives in Winchester.

Author photo © Daniel Mukherjee

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Publication date

28th July 2016


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288 pages


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