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In haleema’s words

Fatima Ahmed
Rupa, 2012, pp 382, 308

Haleema feels stifled in her conservative Muslim family. She soon joins her friend in Bombay, and together they find life in the city, in the ‘60s, to be a revelation. In Haleema’s Words takes one on a journey through the mind of a woman finding her way through life.

The picador book of 40: 40 writers inspired by a number

Edited by Charlotte Greig
Picador, 2012, pp 240, 299

For Picador’s 40th anniversary, 40 writers were asked to respond to the idea of 40 in whatever way they liked. The pieces include the temporal, the quirky, and some downright clever short stories and poems.

Astray

Emma Donoghue
Picador, 2012, pp 256, 599

The characters that roam across the pages of this fact-inspired fiction have all gone astray: they are emigrants, runaways, drifters. They cross borders too: that of race, law, sex and sanity. They travel for love or money, incognito or under duress.

The guilty one

Lisa Ballantyne
Piatkus, 2012, pp 480, 350

A little boy is found dead in a children’s playground. Daniel Hunter has spent years defending lost causes as a solicitor in London. His life changes when he is introduced to Sebastian, a 11-year-old accused of murdering an innocent young boy...

When the snow melts: a thriller

Vinod Joseph
Amaryllis, 2012, pp 222, 195

When The Snow Melts is an unputdownable crime thriller that takes you through the dangerous world of diplomats, spies and fanatics as it weaves its ways through the secret corridors of Indian, Pakistani and world intelligence agencies.

Sri lanka and the defeat of the ltte

K M deSilva
Penguin, 2012, pp 352, 299

This book turns the spotlight on the LTTE and its role in Sri Lanka’s upheavals over the last few decades. This book seeks to explore the relationship between the ‘moderates’ of the Sri Lankan Tamil politics and the Tamil terrorist groups.

How to lose the last five kilos and feel on top of the world

Namita Jain
Diamond Books, 2012, pp 208, 150

Written by wellness specialist Namita Jain, this invaluable book lets you stay healthy, and in shape, by helping you dump the last five kilos, with a diet that lets you eat, a plan that challenges the flab, and a mantra that helps destress.

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