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Manjul Bajaj on JCB Prize-longlisted book In Search of Heer: ‘Wished to explore society’s discomfort with romantic love’
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Manjul Bajaj on JCB Prize-longlisted book In Search of Heer: ‘Wished to explore society’s discomfort with romantic love’

Through the intense, all-consuming, spiritual love that Bajaj's Heer and Ranjha share, she is reminding us of the inherent nature of romantic love, and raising questions about contemporary attitudes toward it.

Inside Dharini Bhaskar’s debut These, Our Bodies, Possessed by Light, longlisted for the JCB Prize for Literature 2020
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Inside Dharini Bhaskar’s debut These, Our Bodies, Possessed by Light, longlisted for the JCB Prize for Literature 2020

The novel is a work of literary fiction rich in beautifully-crafted sentences, with myriad literary, mythological, and philosophical references, which she hopes a reader will engage with in a genuine way.

Enola Holmes author Nancy Springer on her popular mystery series and the Netflix adaptation
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Enola Holmes author Nancy Springer on her popular mystery series and the Netflix adaptation

Stranger Things star Millie Bobby Brown features in and as Enola Holmes in the Netflix film — an adaptation of Nancy Springer's The Case of the Missing Marquess — along with Henry Cavill as Sherlock Holmes, Sam Claflin as Mycroft Holmes and Helena Bonham Carter as Eudoria Holmes.

Megha Majumdar's A Burning, Brit Bennett's The Vanishing Half on National Book Awards fiction longlist for 2020 
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Megha Majumdar's A Burning, Brit Bennett's The Vanishing Half on National Book Awards fiction longlist for 2020 

Friday's list concludes a week during which the National Book Foundation, which presents the awards, announced nominees for translation, poetry, young people's literature and nonfiction.

Booker Prize 2020 shortlist announced; Avni Doshi's Burnt Sugar, Diane Cook's The New Wilderness among six finalists
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Booker Prize 2020 shortlist announced; Avni Doshi's Burnt Sugar, Diane Cook's The New Wilderness among six finalists

Of the 13 books long-listed for the award, eight were debut novels out of which four — Diane Cook's The New Wilderness, Avni Doshi's Burnt Sugar, Douglas Stuart's Shuggie Bain and Brandon Taylor's Real Life — have made it into the shortlist.

In C Pam Zhang's Booker Prize-longlisted debut, a buried chapter of America's immigrant history comes alive
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In C Pam Zhang's Booker Prize-longlisted debut, a buried chapter of America's immigrant history comes alive

Infused with magical realism, the haunting vastness of the California landscape and the tragic wanderings of two orphaned siblings, C Pam Zhang's debut novel — How Much of These Hills Is Gold — renders a powerful narrative of the Chinese-American immigrant experience.

Gauri Khan inks book deal with Penguin Random House; My Life In Design will release in 2021
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Gauri Khan inks book deal with Penguin Random House; My Life In Design will release in 2021

Gauri Khan said the book would be "visually appealing", and guide both "aspiring designers" and people who want to learn about design in general

Novelist Sophie Ward on being long-listed for the Booker Prize, thought experiments, nuances in relationships
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Novelist Sophie Ward on being long-listed for the Booker Prize, thought experiments, nuances in relationships

Love and Other Thought Experiments pushes readers to question individual philosophies, our understanding of complex emotions and belief systems that are constantly governing our everyday lives.

Book excerpt: In Modernism by Other Means, an examination of Amit Dutta's filmmaking style
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Book excerpt: In Modernism by Other Means, an examination of Amit Dutta's filmmaking style

In the book, film critic and writer Srikanth Srinivasan examines how Dutta's work strives towards an authentic conception of modernism.

Ma Anand Sheela's authorised biography delves into relationship with Rajneesh, cult's rise; read an excerpt
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Ma Anand Sheela's authorised biography delves into relationship with Rajneesh, cult's rise; read an excerpt

In Nothing to Lose: The Authorised Biography of Ma Anand Sheela, we have an account of Sheela’s life, her relationship with Bhagwan Rajneesh, and the story of what actually happened behind the closed doors of the cult’s ashram

Book excerpt: Yatish Yadav's RAW — A History of India's Covert Operations follows real agents and spy networks
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Book excerpt: Yatish Yadav's RAW — A History of India's Covert Operations follows real agents and spy networks

Yatish Yadav's conversations with Indian spies provide insight into how covert operations actually work.

A biography of Parveen Babi by journalist Karishma Upadhyay gently unravels a life less ordinary
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A biography of Parveen Babi by journalist Karishma Upadhyay gently unravels a life less ordinary

As Upadhyay tells the story of Parveen Babi, along the way emerges a picture of Bollywood in its flower-power era, and the misconceptions about mental health that prevented a vulnerable woman from receiving the care she needed.

Muscular India: In a new book, Michiel Baas examines masculinity, mobility and the new middle class
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Muscular India: In a new book, Michiel Baas examines masculinity, mobility and the new middle class

Michiel Baas’ book explores how fitness trainers in the gyms of urban India use their ‘bodily capital’ for ‘upward mobility’

Dirk Maggs on bringing Neil Gaiman's Sandman to Audible, an audio adaptation 30 years in the making
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Dirk Maggs on bringing Neil Gaiman's Sandman to Audible, an audio adaptation 30 years in the making

Dirk Maggs has adapted and directed Neil Gaiman's seminal The Sandman comics into an audio drama for Audible. The 10-hour adaptation has been an idea at least three decades in the making.