A Night with a Black Spider: Charming ordinariness of the people in Ambai's stories are this collection’s strength
Ambai’s stories, set in the world of women, Carnatic music, and conferences, carry a marked sense of self-awareness
History of Wolves is Emily Fridlund’s fictional debut
Reporting Pakistan: Meena Menon's book busts stereotypes and explores unseen side of India's 'enemy'
Reporting Pakistan, by Meena Menon, is one of those rare books which introduces us to the unseen side of Pakistan.
Reading Mike McCormack's hypnotic new novel, Solar Bones, one is struck with an overwhelming sense of awe. Taking place in the course of an hour and written in a single unbroken sentence, the book is every bit as extraordinary as its premise.
The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead chronicles the gruesome brutality of American slavery, and the beauty of one woman’s courage
George Saunders' Lincoln in the Bardo begins with the 1862 state dinner hosted by Abraham and Mary Todd Lincoln
In his latest book, Found Dead, Shantanu Guha Ray attempts to objectively portray the stories behind nine bewildering deaths (including the Sunanda Pushkar, Rizwanur Rahman and Sheena Bora cases)
Zadie Smith's Swing Time is about two girls on the wrong side of town, who meet early in life and become thick friends after learning they are essentially two peas in an extremely racist pod. | The Man Booker Prize
There lurks a sense of unease in the majestic landscape of Sebastian Barry's Days Without End. The air is charged with violence and fear, the smell of blood and death hangs heavy.
Kamila Shamsie’s Man Booker Prize 2017 long-listed book is also perhaps her best so far — Home Fire
Reservoir 13 is not your average 'teenage girl goes missing in the hills near an unnamed village' whodunnit. It is a different kind of a novel.
Ali Smith's Autumn, on the Man Booker Prize 2017 longlist, follows 32-year-old art history lecturer Elisabeth Demand living in a post-Brexit England
Through Exit West, Mohsin Hamid brings to the narrative of refugees and migration a touch of magic realism, the immediacy of spare prose and a convex view of conflict
Snuffing Out the Moon review: Osama Siddique reinvents the narrative with a motley group of characters
Snuffing Out the Moon by Osama Siddique captures the intricacies of history and introduces new prospects.
Jairam Ramesh's book — Indira Gandhi: A Life In Nature — is a decent effort, coming during Mrs Gandhi’s birth centenary year, to piece together a life immersed in nature although her day job would have been to cater to needs of a developing nation.
A State Of Freedom is a series of five very vaguely inter-connected stories. They intersect but so tenuously that it's almost like reading separate short stories. Themes of displacement, migration, and the desire for a better life bind them together
Indira Gandhi was, indeed, India’s most powerful prime minister. It was a power constructed on anti-democratic politics, stealth, and consistent abuse of democratic institutions.
Prayaag Akbar's Leila is set in an India, probably not too far in the future, where factionalism has become synonymous with integrity, and division based on it pretty much the only important rule
The Ministry of Utmost Happiness is not autobiographical like The God of Small Things but Arundhati Roy nonetheless contrives to place herself at its centre
Sabyn Javeri, author of the high velocity political thriller Nobody Killed Her, expresses slight exasperation over her much-discussed debut novel being referred to as a "thinly veiled account" of Benazir Bhutto’s assassination.