Winner of the Costa First Novel Award 2010.
Costa Book Awards 2010 Judges' comment: "Kishwar Desai pulls off a remarkable trick, transplanting a country house murder to modern day India in a book that's not afraid to tackle serious themes."
In a small town in the heart of India, a young girl is found tied to a bed inside a townhouse where thirteen people lie dead. The girl is alive, but she has been beaten and abused. She is held in the local prison, awaiting interrogation for the murders she is believed by the local people to have committed. Visiting social worker Simran attempts to break through the girl's mute trance to find out what happened that terrible night. As she uncovers more and more, Simran realises that she is caught in the middle of a terrifying reality, where the unwanted female offspring of families are routinely disposed of. Brilliantly atmospheric, hauntingly real, this is a major debut from an exciting new author.
Closing date: 04/07/2018
'A thought-provoking tale [that] is certainly worth the read.' - The Guardian
'Very important themes [and a] very appealing central character.' - Jane Garvey, BBC Radio 4 Woman's Hour
'Essential reading.' - Nihal, BBC Asian Network
Publication date: 15/04/2010
Publisher: Beautiful Books Limited
|Publication date:||15th April 2010|
|Publisher:||Beautiful Books Limited|
|Genres:||Debuts of the Month, eBook Favourites, Literary Fiction,|
Kishwar Desai lives in London. She has written several books of non-fiction, and has written journalism around the world on issues of social injustice and women’s issues. This is her first novel. Author photo © Prajith ThirumalaMore About Kishwar Desai