An Indian Summer?

Before we all pack away our flip flops and suncream, we've put togther a list of ten books that might just inspire the sun to stay out a bit longer! Pimms optional...

  • My Kind of Girl

    by Buddhadeva Bose
    Hesperus Press
    The story begins in the waiting room of a provincial station, where, on a cold winter night only a few years after Indian independence, four random strangers find themselves stuck until dawn as a result of a railway accident
  • Katha: Short Stories by Indian Women

    by Urvashi Butalia
    Telegram
    Whether it is in the kitchen or elsewhere, Indian women's stories have been handed down from generation to generation, enriched and embroidered along the way.
  • The Pleasure Seekers

    by Tishani Doshi
    Bloomsbury
    The dual heritages of India and Wales come together in this funny, bittersweet tale spanning four generations of Patels from dancer and poet, Tishani Doshi
  • Sea of Poppies

    by Amitav Ghosh
    John Murray
    It's a combustible combination and Ghosh makes the most of it. From the first page he plunges the reader into the lives of the rich and poor, black and white, high caste and low, natives and colonials. He is damning...
  • Saraswati Park

    by Anjali Joseph
    Fourth Estate
    Saraswati Park is a book about loss and longing, love and regret. The prose sparkles like late afternoon sunshine and the characters hook you from their first introduction. This is a very special novel from a very special new talent.
  • Om Shanti, Babe

    by Helen Limon
    Frances Lincoln
    Cass is excited to be flying to Kerala with her Mum, dreaming of Bollywood glamour, new friends and pop idol Johnny Gold. But when she arrives in India, nothing is quite as she had imagined...
  • Freed From Disgrace

    by Phanishwar Nath Renu
    Oxford University Press
    Freed From Disgrace centres around Bela Gupta, a social worker and acretaker of women's hostel in the booming city of Patna. Bela's struggle to help those dependent upon her brings her into conflict with the forces of corruption, moral compromise...
  • East, West

    by Salman Rushdie
    Vintage
    In these stories Salman Rushdie examines the consequences when external forces pull his characters first in one direction, then the other.
  • Boyhood Days

    by Rabindranath Tagore
    Hesperus Press
    Boyhood Days is Tagore's memoir of childhood. It's a short, vivid, fragmentary work, which can be read in one sitting
  • Narcopolis

    by Jeet Thayil
    Faber
    Narcopolis is dark, set in dank rooms, embued with the stench of human sweat, vomit, and desperation. Narcopolis is narrated by an opium pipe. Narcopolis will hypnotise you.