THE WHITE TIGER
A dark satire set in modern Delhi, following the rise of a lowly chauffeur who is determined to succeed at any price, even murder. Adiga tears down many modern Indian institutions, focusing on the great gulf between rich and poor.
Q&A (SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE)
A pacey tale which later became the phenomenally successful movie Slumdog Millionaire. The story follows a poor boy as he describes how he managed to win a fortune on a quiz show by answering questions that he could not possibly have known the answers to.
Gregory David Roberts
The true-life story of an Australian criminal who flees to India in the Eighties, and finds redemption in the slums of Mumbai. Roberts depicts the city in all its gritty glory.
LIFE OF PI
This fantastical book is part philosophical meditation and part thrilling adventure story. Piscine Patel enjoys a colourful upbringing in south India, then finds himself, after his ship sinks, trapped on a life-raft with a hyena, a monkey, a zebra, and a Royal Bengal tiger…
A literary epic that tells the story of India’s transition to independence and beyond, through the eyes of Saleem Sinai who was born “at the precise instant of India’s arrival at independence”. A modern classic, and my favourite book!
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