A Life Apart

by Neel Mukherjee

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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.


A Life Apart Synopsis

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.

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ISBN: 9781849013895
Publication date: 27/01/2011
Publisher: Corsair an imprint of Constable and Robinson
Format: Paperback

ISBN: 9781849011013
Publication date: 28/01/2010
Publisher: Constable an imprint of Constable and Robinson
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781849013895
Publication date: 27th January 2011
Author: Neel Mukherjee
Publisher: Corsair an imprint of Constable and Robinson
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 416 pages
Genres: Debuts of the Month, eBook Favourites, Literary Fiction,
Categories: Religious & spiritual fiction,

About 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.

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