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
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
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
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
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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