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The Earthspinner

"A captivating, lyrical literary work exploring love, and the pull between East and West, and between the modern and the mythic"

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Shifting between India and England, Anuradha Roy’s The Earthspinner is a mesmerising, musical, exquisitely-shaped novel that traverses continents and times, following the rise and fall of fortunes, the rise of religious extremism, and the calamitous costs of going against the grain. Infused with art and passion in all its forms, this is a story to savour. A tale that casts a cleverly concocted spell with long-lingering magic.

Sara has left her family in India to study in England, where loneliness drives her to return to pottery, and to reflect on moments and figures from her childhood, including Chinna, the dog that united her community, and Elango, her former pottery teacher, a Hindu who faced extreme prejudice after falling in love with a Muslim woman.

Through Elango’s diary entries we see how he’s driven to create a mythical terracotta horse that bolted into his dream, his relationship with Chinna, and how extremism came to rise in a rural village, sparking violence and pain. Parallel to this, though ten years later, Sara is navigating the challenges of finding a new place in the world.

Joanne Owen

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