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PENGUIN INDIA Fiction PENGUIN METRO READS Dreams in Prussian Blue Love over Coffee Where Girls Dare Penguin Metro Reads, Fiction

Fun, feisty, fast reads—for the reader on the go! How many times have you wished for books that don’t weigh you down with complicated, boring storylines, don’t ask for much time, and don’t have to be lugged around till you lose interest? Metro Reads is a new series for the ever-growing working population of cities and towns. Written by authors from different fields and walks of life, with simple yet interesting storylines, these books are fun to read!



Omair Ahmad

Ashok K. Banker

Hamish Hamilton, Fiction

Penguin, Fiction

In Moazzamabad, UP, too large to be a town and too backward to be a city, a young man stabs a head constable, and is then beaten to death by the police. The last words he speaks are, ‘My name is Jimmy, the Terrorist.’ He was once Jamal, one among the countless marginalized people trying to find a place in the world over which they have no influence. As intimate as it is political, Omair Ahmad’s second novel, shortlisted for the Man Asian Prize 2009, confirms his reputation as one of India’s most original and outstanding new storytellers.

Ravana is dead. Lanka lies in ruins and Rama, rightful heir to the throne of Ayodhya, has finally returned to claim his birthright. Finally, he and his beloved wife Sita can live in peace and well-deserved comfort. But their peace does not last long because evil never dies—it only changes form and shape. Rama must choose between the tyranny of imperialism and the tragedy of betrayal. This long-awaited seventh volume in Ashok K. Banker’s acclaimed Ramayana series kicks off an enthralling two-part conclusion to the epic saga, soon to be followed by the eighth and final volume, Sons of Sita.



Ruskin Bond

Buddhadeva Bose

Viking, Fiction

Penguin, Fiction

In his first work of fiction for adults in nearly a decade, one of India’s best-loved storytellers pays tribute to the resilience, hard-won dignity and sheer spunk of small lives. Comprising five memorable portraits— including a night-club singer in 1940s Dehradun, a man ravaged by leprosy, and a mysterious army captain who could have been a perfect gentleman or a murderer—this is vintage Ruskin Bond.

Bold, explicit and shockingly candid, It Rained All Night is an unforgettable tale of desire, adultery, jealousy and love. Maloti, an attractive Bengali girl, marries the bookish lecturer Nayonangshu only to find him insecure and sexually timid. She discovers passion in the arms of the earthy journalist Jayanto whose love provides her solace from the demands of her wifely duties. Maloti and Jayanto’s growing intimacy does not go unnoticed by Nayonangshu, but his pride restrains him from reaching out to his wife.

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Upamanyu Chatterjee

Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni

Hamish Hamilton, Fiction

Hamish Hamilton, Fiction

Shyamanand is on his deathbed when he goes missing. After their father disappears, Jamun and his brother Burfi reconnect in their old home. In their quest to find out what happened to Shyamanand, they find a path out of desolation. In powerful, austere prose shot through with black humour, Upamanyu Chatterjee has produced an intensely moving examination of family ties and the redemptive power of love, however imperfect, in the midst of death and degeneration.

A small group trapped in an Indian Consulate after a massive earthquake include a Chinese– Indian woman in her last years; an ex-soldier haunted by guilt; an Indian–American girl bewildered by her parents’ decision to return to Kolkata after twenty years; a young Muslim man angry with the new America; and an enraged and bitter elderly white couple. As they wait to be rescued—or to die—they begin to tell each other stories, each recalling ‘one amazing thing’ in their lives.



Sarita Mandanna

Yann Martel

Penguin, Fiction

Hamish Hamilton, Fiction

Coorg, 1878. Muthamma knows, when Devi is born, that her daughter will be special. The little girl befriends Devanna, whose mother has died in tragic circumstances, and over the years they become inseparable. However, things change when Devi meets Machu, a young man who has killed a tiger, and tragedy changes the fate of all three, with consequences that affect generations to come. In vivid imagery and beautiful prose, Sarita Mandanna’s debut novel is rich with powerfully realized, unforgettable characters.

When Henry, a prize-winning writer, wants to write a book about the Holocaust, he is drawn into the world of an elderly taxidermist and the lives of a donkey and a howler monkey named Beatrice and Virgil. Beatrice and Virgil takes the reader on a tremendous and powerful imaginative journey. Martel asks profound questions that leave you reflecting on the nature of human cruelty, kindness, moral engagement and moral compromise, life and art, and the liberating power of stories.



Kavery Nambisan

Maha Khan Phillips

Viking, Fiction

Penguin, Fiction

Kavery Nambisan’s novels, including the hugely acclaimed The Scent of Pepper, have earned her a position of eminence among Indian writers of fiction. This, her sixth novel, was shortlisted for the Man Asian Prize 2008. Simon Jesukumar, an ageing widower, embarks on a mission to help the residents of a slum. The consequences of his mission turn out to be more dramatic and life-changing than he had imagined.

Party-girl Amynah writes a weekly column shamelessly regaling her readers with the excesses of the wealthy Karachi set. Mumtaz, wannabe TV producer and daughter of a drug baron, despairs at the superficiality of their lives (and of programmes such as Who Wants to be a Terrorist?) And Henna is soon to be wed to Javaid in an arranged marriage that she doesn’t want. The three form an unlikely trio until a plan to save Nilofer from her abusive husband turns their lives upside down. This biting black comedy serves up a cocktail of Blahniks, cocaine and religious fundamentalists, and is a brilliantly smart debut novel about the search for love and happiness in modern-day Pakistan.

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Philip Pullman

Viking, Fiction

Viking, Fiction

Kato Ajanarey (The Great Unknown), Sankar’s debut novel, is a classic of twentieth-century Bengali literature and considered by many to be his greatest work. While the author introduced us to the Shahjahan hotel in 1950s Calcutta in Chowringhee, in this novel he gives us a glimpse into the Calcutta High Court and the many lives on Old Post Office Street. This is also the great and moving story of Noel Frederick Barwell, the last English barrister at the High Court.


In this ingenious and spellbinding retelling of the life of Jesus, Philip Pullman, the author of the acclaimed trilogy His Dark Materials, revisits the most influential story ever told. He offers a radical new take on the myths and mysteries of the gospels and the church that has shaped the course of the last two millennia. The Good Man Jesus and the Scoundrel Christ throws fresh light on who Jesus was and asks the reader questions that will continue to reverberate long after the final page is turned.



Shobasakthi Anushiya Ramaswamy (Tr)

Kalpana Swaminathan Penguin, Fiction

The new novel from the acclaimed author of Gorilla, set in Sri Lanka at the time of ‘Black July’, 1983. A powerful and disturbing story of violence and torture, culminating in the massacre of Tamil prisoners by the Sinhalese inmates of the Welikade prison, Traitor gives voice to the millions of refugees of a warravaged land.

Lalli: sixty-something, silverhaired, retired from the Mumbai police force yet never without a tricky case to solve. The heroine of Kalpana Swaminathan’s hugely successful Lalli mystery series returns in a dark and compelling psychological thriller involving an unusual reproduction of Rafael’s Madonna, an unlikely marriage, strange bric-a-brac and a serial killer.



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Viking, Fiction

Manjushree Thapa

Ira Trivedi

Viking, Fiction

Penguin, Fiction

Prema, a young Nepali woman with little to bind her to her family, village and country, wins a lottery and emigrates to the US. There, in Los Angeles, she finds love, loses it, and finds it again, even as she struggles to invent a life she can call her own. This new novel by the celebrated author of The Tutor of History and Forget Kathmandu confirms her reputation as one of the most original and distinctive literary voices from South Asia.

Exciting coming-of-age novel set in the high-stakes world of investment banking from the bestselling author of What Would You Do to Save the World and The Great Indian Love Story.

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DORK: The Incredible Adventures of Robin ‘Einstein’ Varghese


Sidin Vadukut

Fatima Bhutto

Penguin, Fiction

Viking, Non-fiction

Robin ‘Einstein’ Varghese, a stupendously naïve but academically gifted young man (he was ranked 41st in his class), graduates from one of India’s best business schools with a Day-Zero job at Dufresne Partners, a mediocre mid-market management consulting firm run by morons. Through a stunning series of blunders and mishaps Robin begins to make his superiors rue the day they hired him. A hilarious story for all those who’ve ever sat depressed in cubicles…and wanted to kill themselves with office stationery.

The Bhuttos’ tragic family history and Pakistan’s terrible descent into violence is tracked in this flawlessly written memoir. Fatima Bhutto pulls no punches, candidly exposing the feud inside the family which pitted Benazir and Asif Zardari against Fatima’s father, uncle and grandmother.


BOLLYWOOD MUSINGS: Selected Writings on Film

Ashok K. Banker Illustrated by Enrique Alcatena

Anupama Chopra Shah Rukh Khan (Fwd)

Penguin, Fiction

Viking, Cinema

Sword of Dharma is the first volume in a series of graphic novels adapted by Ashok K. Banker from his internationally best-selling Ramayana series and illustrated by world-renowned illustrator Enrique Alcatena. This is the Ramayana rendered in a stunning visual style never seen before. Fabulous artwork, breathtaking graphic effects and taut storytelling come together in an explosive display of dazzling virtuosity.

Anupama Chopra has been writing on Bollywood—for India Today, New York Times, Vogue and three books on Sholay, DDLJ and SRK—for close to two decades—and how Bollywood has changed in those years! This book looks back at the high and low points of the ’90s and 2000s.

A PLACE IN THE SHADE: The New Landscape and Other Essays Charles Correa Penguin, Non-fiction The internationally renowned architect gives his views on India’s rapid urban transformations in a lavishly illustrated volume.

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BESIEGED: Voices from Delhi 1857

Hamish Hamilton, Non-fiction

Mahmood Farooqui (Tr)

This is the story of a 19-year-old dancer, Leela—charismatic, spirited, brutalized—and, through her, of Bombay’s dance bars before and after the 2005 ban. Sonia Faleiro’s unforgettable book—easily among the best works of non-fiction from India in years—is a compelling narrative of resilience and pain, shot through with beauty, humour and great humanity.

Viking, Non-fiction

NANOVATION: How a Little Car Can Teach the World to Think Big

WHY THE PENNY DROPS ONLY AT FIFTY: Big Lessons from Small Incidents

Kevin and Jackie Freiberg

R. Gopalakrishnan

Portfolio (HB), Business

Portfolio (HB), Business

The idea behind, and the making of, the small car that is big news. Authored by the best-selling journalist duo, and authorized by Tata Motors.

Do managers tend to miss the trees for the woods? What does this oversight cost a company? How is a CEO’s vision different from a middle manager’s? Invaluable insights from the Tata Sons head and best-selling author of The Case of the Bonsai Manager.


THE COMPANY OF MEN: Romantic Encounters of a Sex Worker

Ramachandra Guha Viking, Non-fiction Ramachandra Guha is one of India’s foremost historians, and the author of the landmark book India after Gandhi. In this monumental work, he traces India’s journey into the modern world through the political thought and arguments of the country’s most remarkable ‘scholar-activists’—from Rammohun Roy, Jyotiba Phule and Tarabai Shinde to Gandhi, Nehru and Ambedkar.

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A vivid and original account of life in Delhi during the 1857 Uprising showing how the daily rough and tumble of normal existence went on even as the leaders sought to provision the city, shore up its defences and maintain communications with the outside world. Besieged brings the history of a defining moment to life, through previously untranslated contemporary Urdu accounts from diaries, newspaper reports and memoirs.

Nalini Jameela Penguin, Non-fiction The best-selling author of The Autobiography of a Sex Worker writes about her romantic encounters with men, ranging from policemen and politicians to lodge owners and travelling salesmen. This is an immensely readable memoir—a work of unusual candour and wit.

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PENGUIN INDIA Non-fiction THE SCIENTIFIC INDIAN: A Twentyfirst Century Guide to the World Around Us

ANNA: The Life and Times of C.N. Annadurai

A.P.J. Abdul Kalam and Y.S. Rajan

Viking, Biography

Viking, Non-fiction In the follow-up to the mega bestseller India 2020—India’s bestknown scientist and former President talks about key scientific areas such as space exploration, food generation, water harvesting, biodiversity, healthcare and communications—and Indian breakthroughs in these areas.


R. Kannan Conjeevaram Natarajan Annadurai, widely revered as ‘Anna’ or elder brother, was a charismatic leader of the Dravidian movement, a spokesman for the South, besides being an acclaimed orator, littérateur and stage actor. This definitive biography explores the life of one of the first leaders to link film and politics in the South and illuminates Anna’s enduring impact on the antiBrahmin movement in India.

STAR TURN: The Evolution of Cable TV in India

Ayaz Memon Viking, Sports One of India’s leading sports journalists pens the definitive portrait of India’s cricket captain, swashbuckling wicketkeeper–batsman and charismatic leader. Based on interviews with Dhoni, his friends, colleagues and close associates.

Peter Mukerjea


JAYA: An Illustrated Retelling of the Mahabharata

Derek O’Brien with Kiran Bedi, Sanjeev Kapoor, Leander Paes and Ruskin Bond

How the content of the first ‘saas– bahu’ soap operas, news programming, the great shows including ‘Kaun Banega Crorepati’, and the anchors who are now household names, were put together: Mukerjea gives a candid account of working with Rupert Murdoch and events that totally changed Indian TV.

Devdutt Pattanaik Penguin, Mythology

Penguin, Self-help Asia’s number one knowledge game show host and his four ‘Confidence Champs’ answer the million-dollar-question: how does one achieve confidence? A hundred questions and answers that build on real-life scenarios to find the essential key to success in everything. For job entrants and job aspirants especially.

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In this enthralling retelling of the Mahabharata, Devdutt Pattanaik seamlessly weaves into a single narrative plots from the Sanskrit classic as well as its many folk and regional variants, including the Pandavani of Chhattisgarh, Gondhal of Maharashtra, Terrukkuttu of Tamil Nadu, and Yakshagana of Karnataka. Richly illustrated with over 200 line drawings by the author, the 108 chapters abound with little-known details. The tales in this elegant volume reveal the eternal relevance of the epic that has shaped Indian thought for over 3000 years.

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PENGUIN INDIA Non-fiction CONNECTING THE DOTS: Azim Premji on Education, Values and Leadership


Azim Premji

The first-ever account of Pakistan Occupied Kashmir (POK) and its state of play with Indian authorities, separatist Kashmiri elements and ordinary Kashmiris on both sides of the border by a well-known Srinagar-based journalist.

Allen Lane, Non-fiction Inspirational lectures from the chairman of Wipro on building the future—and educating and instilling values in our children, the leaders of tomorrow. This century can be India’s, but we’ll have to work hard for it. Premji shows us how.

THE TCS STORY—AND BEYOND S. Ramadorai with Paul Taylor Allen Lane, Non-fiction The man who headed Tata Consultancy Services, one of India’s most respected IT firms, through its pioneering years talks about the TCS way to success—and his vision for tomorrow’s India.

JAWAHARLAL NEHRU: Civilizing a Savage World Nayantara Sahgal Viking, Non-fiction Nehru’s niece brings to life how Nehru formulated the role India would play on the world stage by drawing on his conversations with his family and colleagues, highlighting his relations with his friends, with both Mountbattens, with Padmaja and Sarojini Naidu and, of course, with his mentor, Mahatma Gandhi. Includes many previously unpublished family photographs.

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Luv Puri Viking, Non-fiction

GIFT FROM GOD: The Story of a Kidnapping David Rhode and Kristen Mulvihill Viking, Non-fiction Pulitzer-prize-winning New York Times journalist David Rhode was kidnapped by the Taliban. This is a truly gripping first-hand account of seven months as a captive in the Taliban’s shadowy world and his wife Kristen’s account of the negotiations in the US—with the CIA, newspaper publishers, hostage negotiators and the highest ranks of the US government.

DAYANITA SINGH Penguin Studio, Photography A retrospective collection of eminent photographer Dayanita Singh’s works starting from 1989, when she published Myself, Mona Ahmed, to her most recent works in 2008. This is a collector’s delight with over 100 pictures selected from all her published and unpublished works to date. Accompanied by essays by Sunil Khilnani and Aveek Sen.

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PENGUIN INDIA Non-fiction ABSOLUTE KHUSHWANT: The Low-down on Life, Death and Most Things In-between Khushwant Singh with Humra Quraishi Penguin, Non-fiction In Absolute Khushwant, one of the great icons of our time writes about his life, his loves and his work, his strengths and weaknesses and his highs and lows. He tells us what makes him tick and the secret of his longevity; he tells us what he fears and what he holds dear. Writing about religion and politics, sex and marriage, India and Pakistan, people he’s admired and detested, Khushwant Singh is uncompromising and straight from the heart.

FABULOUS: The Story of Fabindia Radhika Singh Viking, Non-fiction John Bissell set up a small handloom firm in Delhi in the sixties and it has grown to be India’s most famous ethnic brand with over a hundred outlets all over the country. Its furnishings, clothes and fabrics have transformed urban tastes and fashions and given hundreds of rural weavers their livelihoods.


Manvendra Singh Viking, Non-fiction A Lok Sabha campaign is a brutal process and being a candidate is not for the fainthearted. Manvendra Singh’s constituency covered an area bigger than Sri Lanka and the gruelling electioneering system exposed the real social and political processes—often indiscernible to the untrained eye—but which are the ways the system actually works on the ground. Singh’s account, irreverent, detailed, candid, reveals not just the politics of politics but also the politics of society itself.

THE AMBANIS AND THE BATTLE FOR INDIA’S GAS RESOURCES Paranjoy Guha Thakurta and Alam Srinivas Viking, Non-fiction Two well-known financial journalists investigate the controversial legal dispute which involves Mukesh and Anil Ambani and different wings of the Indian government. The issue concerns the manner in which natural gas, found in the Krishna and Godavari basin along India’s eastern coast, is to be priced and utilized. The book also explores the nexus between big business and politics as well as the ‘resource curse’, a term used to describe how nature’s bounties can fail to benefit ordinary people.

BECOMING INDIAN: The Unfinished Revolution of Culture and Identity

Shashi Tharoor and R.K. Laxman Viking, Non-fiction Shashi Tharoor’s hilarious glossary of all things Indian, now in a keepsake volume, with a Common Man cartoon on every page by the inimitable R.K. Laxman.

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Pavan K. Varma Allen Lane, Non-fiction This important book by the acclaimed author of The Great Indian Middle Class and Being Indian examines the consequence of colonialism on the Indian psyche, and how the legacies of the past ‘persist in a hundred myriad ways, affecting our language, culture, behaviour, self-esteem, creative expression and politics’. With uncommon insight and impeccable logic, Pavan Varma shows why India, and other formerly colonized nations, can never truly be free—and certainly not in any position of global leadership—unless they reclaim their cultural identity.

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MISSION MOON: Exploring the Moon with Chandrayaan 1

Ruskin Bond Puffin, Fiction Ruskin Bond’s fresh, new school stories about a history teacher who records the antics of some amazing characters, and all that they get up to...


S.K. Das Puffin, Non-fiction A definitive guide to ISRO’s maiden moon mission that is packed with little-known facts about the moon and space exploration. (Also includes photos from Chandrayaan 1’s cameras)

PANNA Kamala Das Puffin, Fiction

Satyajit Ray Subhadra Sen Gupta (Text) and Tapas Guha (Illus.)

A captivating tale of love and fantasy for young readers by noted author Kamala Das, with a special recommendation by Ruskin Bond.

THE KILLERS OF KATHMANDU DANGER IN DARJEELING Puffin, Comics Get set for excitement and action with ace detective Feluda in these two forthcoming adventures that will keep you riveted to your seats, as always.

ASH AND TARA AND THE EMERALD DAGGER Jeanne Perrett Puffin, Fiction A brand new series about the rollicking adventures of two spunky kids, Ash and Tara, who battle against the vilest villains in Akbar’s court.

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PUFFIN INDIA WE, THE CHILDREN OF INDIA: Preamble to Our Constitution Leila Seth Puffin, Non-fiction Noted jurist Leila Seth explains the meaning of the Preamble to young readers in this indispensable book that is essential reading for all future citizens of India.


AKBAR Kavitha Mandana

SUBHAS CHANDRA BOSE Anuradha Kumar Puffin, Biography

History retold like never before! Read about the fascinating lives of India’s greatest personalities in the Puffin Lives series that brings alive the thoughts and actions of these legendary characters from the swirling mists of time.

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PENGUIN UK INSPIRATIONS: Selections from Classic Literature


Paulo Coelho

Michael Joseph, Fiction

Penguin, Classics

The stunning first installment in a most remarkable trilogy...a phenomenon in the making. His name is Thomas Cale. He is strange and secretive, witty and charming, violent and profoundly bloody-minded. He is so used to cruelty that he seems immune, but soon he will open the wrong door at the wrong time and witness an act so terrible that he will have to leave this place, or die.

Paul Hoffman

A beautiful hardback edition of a selection of Classics texts that have inspired Paulo Coelho. Coelho’s selection is ordered into the four elements, symbolizing both our world in all its directions, and the way we dwell in this world, the way we see it. In ‘Earth’ we find writers as diverse as Oscar Wilde and D.H. Lawrence; in ‘Air’ Nelson Mandela and Gabriel Garcia Marquez; in ‘Fire’ Rumi and Mary Shelley; in ‘Water’ Hans Christian Anderson and Machiavelli.



Michael Lewis

Danielle Trussoni

Allen Lane, Non-fiction

Michael Joseph, Fiction

The era that defined Wall Street is finally, officially, over. Michael Lewis, who chronicled its excesses in the global bestseller Liar’s Poker, returns to his old haunts to figure out what went so very wrong. He is a man on a mission to expose the greed and stupidity at the heart of the crisis and the whole of the financial world (from Mervyn King to the lowliest trader) is waiting to hear what he has to say.

When Sister Evangeline finds mysterious correspondence between Mother Innocenta of the Saint Rose Convent and legendary philanthropist Abigail Rockefeller, it confirms Angels walked among us—and their descendants, the cruel Nephilim, still do. What follows is a new battle in the age-old war between the Nephilim who are hunting for artefacts concealed by Abigail Rockefeller—objects that will ultimately allow them to enslave mankind—and The Angelology Society, a clandestine organization that has so far prevented the Nephilim from reaching their apocalyptic goal.

PUFFIN UK THE KANE CHRONICLES Rick Riordan Puffin, Fiction A brilliant new Egyptian adventure series from the best-selling author of Percy Jackson.

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Atlantic, Fiction

Jon Krakauer

When Suzanne receives a reply to her personal ad from Alpha Breville, convict, thief, rapist, she begins a correspondence that quickly evolves into something much more dangerous, exciting and intimate. The pair embark on a sexually charged relationship that tests the lines between control and abandonment, power and vulnerability, compulsion and desire, innocence and culpability. Written in measured, intense and disarmingly honest prose, Thief is a hard-hitting and uncompromising novel about women’s relationship with their bodies; about power, control and sex.

Atlantic, Non-fiction



Matthieu Ricard

Atlantic, Young Fiction

Atlantic, Biography

Atlantic’s first young adult book announces the arrival of ‘Chronicles of The Tempus’, an exciting and riveting new trilogy for 9 to 12 year-old readers. The Queen Must Die combines supernatural time travel with historical drama as a young girl stumbles through time to the court of Queen Victoria, where she discovers that her destiny has given her a role of cosmic significance. But who knows exactly what it is?

In May 2002 Pat Tillman, a much loved public figure, enlisted in the US Special Operations Forces. His death two years later dealt a devastating blow to his family, friends and fans and his memorial service was watched by millions on national television. But while the public perception was that Tillman had died in the line of duty, it was a ranger in Tillman’s own platoon who had fired the fatal shots, a fact that the US Army had aggressively manoeuvred to conceal. Jon Krakauer renders an intricate portrait of the man and tells the gripping story of the search to uncover the truth about his death.

K.A.S. Quinn

Wherever he goes Matthieu Ricard, Buddhist monk and the best-selling author of Happiness, is asked to explain what meditation is, how it is done and what it can achieve. In this elegant, authoritative and entirely accessible book, he sets out to answer these questions. Although meditation is a life-long process even for the wisest, The Art of Meditation demonstrates that by practising it on a daily basis we can change our understanding of ourselves and the world around us.




Susan Abulhawa

Delphine De Vigan George Miller (Tr)

Bloomsbury, Fiction An extraordinary debut and also the first commercial literary work ever to emerge from Palestine. 1948. The Abulheja family is forcibly removed from its ancestral home and sent to live in a refugee camp. Through Amal, the bright granddaughter of the patriarch, we witness the stories of her brothers: one, a stolen boy who becomes an Israeli soldier; the other who in sacrificing everything for the Palestinian cause will become his enemy. Amal’s dramatic story threads its way through six decades of Palestinian-Israeli tension, eventually taking her into exile in America.

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Bloomsbury, Fiction No and Me is a brilliant translation of the French and Italian bestseller. Lou Bertignac meets No, a homeless girl, almost her age, at Gare d’Austerlitz where she goes to escape from the desolateness of her house. When Lou decides to make homelessness the topic of her class presentation she and No become friends until, the project over, No disappears. Heartbroken, Lou asks her parents if No can come to live with them and they surprisingly agree. No’s presence forces Lou and her parents to finally face the sadness that has enveloped them. But No has disruptive as well as positive effects. Can this shaky newfound family continue to live together?

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COMMITTED: A Sceptic Makes Peace with Marriage

Bloomsbury, Fiction

Elizabeth Gilbert

Meet the Patel-Joneses: Babo, Sian, Mayuri and Bean, in their little house with orange and black gates next door to the Punjab Women’s Association. As the twentieth century creaks and croaks its way along these four navigate their way through the uncharted territory of a ‘hybrid’ family: the hustle and bustle of Babo’s relatives, the faraway phone-line crackle of Sian’s, the eternal wisdom and soft bosom of great-grandmother Ba, the perils of first love, lost innocence and old age, and the big question: what do you do with the space your loved ones leave behind? In this tender, lyrical and uplifting debut, prize-winning poet Tishani Doshi effortlessly captures the quirks and calamities of one unusual clan in a story of identity, family, belonging and all-transcending love.

Bloomsbury, Biography At the end of her best-selling memoir Eat, Pray, Love, Elizabeth Gilbert fell in love with Felipe. Resettling in America, the couple swore eternal fidelity to each other, but also swore to never get legally married. Circumstances however forced otherwise and now sentenced to wed, Elizabeth tackles her fears of marriage by delving completely into this topic, trying with all her might to discover what this stubbornly enduring old institution actually is. The result is a witty and intelligent contemplation of marriage that debunks myths, unthreads fears and suggests that sometimes even the most romantic of souls must trade in her amorous fantasies for the humbling responsibility of adulthood.

MAJOR PETTIGREW’S LAST STAND Helen Simonson Bloomsbury, Fiction Major Ernest Pettigrew (Ret’d) is not interested in the frivolity of the modern world. He prefers to lead a quiet life, upholding the values that people have lived by for generations. But when his brother’s death, and a love of Kipling, sparks an unexpected friendship with the widowed village shopkeeper, Mrs Ali, the Major is forced to confront the realities of the twenty-first century. Written with a delightfully dry sense of humour, Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand is a charming, against-all-odds love story that introduces unforgettable characters and questions how much risk one should take for personal happiness in the face of family obligation and tradition.



Faber, Fiction

Robin Dunbar

Olivier is a French aristocrat, the traumatized child of survivors of the Revolution. Parrot is the son of an itinerant printer who always wanted to be an artist but has ended up a servant. Born on different sides of history, their lives will be joined by their travels in America. When Olivier sets sail for the New World Parrot is sent with him, as spy, protector, foe and foil. As the narrative shifts between the perspectives of Parrot and Olivier, and their picaresque travels together and apart, Carey explores the adventure of American democracy, in theory and in practice, with dazzling wit and inventiveness.

Faber, Non-fiction

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Why do men talk, women gossip, and which is better for you? When is it good to be tall and why is monogamy a drain on the brain? And why should you suspect someone who has more than 150 friends on Facebook? Stimulating, provocative and highly enjoyable, this fascinating book is essential for understanding why humans behave as they do—what it is to be human.

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FABER & FABER COLLECTED STORIES Hanif Kureishi Faber, Fiction Over the course of the last twelve years, Hanif Kureishi has written short fiction. The stories are, by turns, provocative, erotic, tender, funny and charming as they deal with the complexities of relationships as well as the joys of children. This collection contains his controversial story Weddings and Beheadings, a well as his prophetic My Son the Fanatic, which exposes the religious tensions within the Muslim family unit and also five new stories. As with his novels and screenplays, Kureishi has his finger on the pulse of the political tensions in society and how they affect people’s everyday lives.

BOY ZERO WANNABE HERO: The Petrifying Plot of the Plummeting Pants Peter Millett Faber, Children’s fiction The first title in a hilarious new series–perfect for 7 to 9 year-old fans of Captain Underpants. Charlie Applejack’s career as a superhero might be over before it’s even begun. His mother wants him to choose a safe job as a TV game show host and the Super School has rejected him because his super powers aren’t super enough.

LIGHTS OUT IN WONDERLAND DBC Pierre Faber, Fiction DBC Pierre has worked as a designer and cartoonist, and currently lives in Ireland. His first novel, Vernon God Little, won the 2003 Bollinger Everyman Woodhouse Award, the 2003 Whitbread Prize for Best First Novel, and the 2003 Man Booker Prize, and is sold in 43 countries. His second novel, Ludmila’s Broken English was published in 2006. Lights Out in Wonderland is his third novel.



THE VALUE OF NOTHING: How to Reshape Market Society and Redefine Democracy Raj Patel Granta, Economics Radical, original, nimbly argued, The Value of Nothing uses some fundamental but forgotten economics and some cutting-edge neuroeconomics to show how the price we pay for everything from food, to handbags, to fridges, to entertainment, is systematically distorted. After reading this book, the question ‘How much?’ will never just be about the price on the sticker.

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FREEDOM Daniel Suarez Quercus, Thriller When a brutal civil war breaks out in the United States, former detective Pete Sebeck, now the Daemon’s most powerful though reluctant operative, must lead a small band of enlightened humans to protect the new world order. Amid conflicting loyalties, rapidly diminishing human power and the possibility that anyone can be a Daemon operative or a corporate spy, Sebeck knows that he embodies the last hope that freedom can survive the information revolution.

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STERLING GANDHI, CEO: 14 Principles to Guide and Inspire Modern Leaders


Alan Axelrod

With its superb provenance, encyclopedic coverage, and meticulous allopathic medical vetting, Iyengar Yoga for Motherhood is THE indispensable volume for every woman who wishes to continue her Yoga practice during pregnancy and the first eighteen months of motherhood. Lavishly produced, with a fresh, contemporary design and a strong emphasis on safety, it offers guidance, reassurance, and easy-to-follow step-by-step instructions. Contains more than 350 photographs.

Sterling, Business and Economics Gandhi, a CEO? Absolutely. Not only was he a moral and intensely spiritual man, but also a supremely practical manager and a powerful agent for change, able to nurture the rebirth of an entire nation. To achieve this goal, he mastered the elements of personal leadership and institutional management. Axelrod looks at this much-studied figure in a way nobody has before, employing his fluid, engaging, and conversational style to bring each lesson to life through quotes and vivid examples from Gandhi’s life.

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