Author Jaishree Misra’s lockdown reading list for you

The Silence of the Girls by Pat Barker

When the busy London avenue on which I stay immediately turned eerily quiet and abandoned in March, I used to be, fittingly maybe, wandering by the distant mythological territory of historic Greece. It is a feminist re-working of Homer’s The Iliad, telling the story of the Trojan battle by the voices of its feminine victims. Following the #MeToo motion and listening to concerning the horrors inflicted on feminine characters…it was a robust reading expertise.

The Anarchy by William Dalrymple

Author Jaishree Misra’s lockdown reading list for you

Fortuitously, the subsequent e-book additionally took me distant from the travails of the lockdown. This is a masterful account of how India got here to be dominated by the East India Company, after the autumn of the Mughal Empire. It is a fastidiously researched non-fiction, however Dalrymple is superb at serving up historical past as if it had been an ideal yarn.

Girl, Woman, Other by Bernadine Evaristo

Author Jaishree Misra’s lockdown reading list for you

I used to be properly into this e-book by the point #BlackLivesMatter protests took centrestage. The e-book is a collection of interlinked tales, largely round black ladies. I used to be curious as a result of it received The Booker Prize, alongside Margaret Atwood. However, I left was a brimming feeling of empathy for the offended protestors on tv.

Small Days & Nights by Tishani Doshi

Author Jaishree Misra’s lockdown reading list for you

It is about a lady who returns to India on the demise of her mom, to search out an uncommon inheritance of the home by the ocean and a sibling with Down’s Syndrome, whose existence she was unaware of. As I’ve each a home by the ocean and a daughter with a incapacity, that is positive to have nice resonance with me.

A Burning by Megha Majumdar

Author Jaishree Misra’s lockdown reading list for you

I additionally can’t wait to get my palms on a debut work that everybody appears to be speaking about. Set in opposition to a catastrophic occasion and a false accusation, it appears like an pressing and essential story concerning the state of up to date India.

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