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The storyteller

Jodi Picoult
Hodder & Stoughton, 2013, pp 460, 695
Sage Singer has a past that makes her want to hide from the world. She sleeps by day and works by night. But when she strikes up an unlikely friendship with Josef Weber, a quiet man old enough to be her grandfather, she feels that finally, she may have found someone she can open up to. Until Josef tells her the evil secret he’s kept for 60 years.

i am an executioner

Rajesh Parameswaran
Bloomsbury, 2013, pp 260, 499
A Bengal tiger wakes up one morning realising he is ravenously in love. A small and famous country’s only executioner claims his conscience is as clean as his heavy, washed stones. With this glittering, savage and elegant first collection, Rajesh Parameswaran bursts onto the literary landscape as an astonishing new talent.

habib tanvir: memoirs

Translated by Mahmood Farooqui
Penguin, 2013, pp 345, 599
Habib Tanvir is one of Asia’s most important and gifted theatre directors. In these memoirs, touching on both the private and the public aspects of his life with startling candour, he takes us on a journey from his childhood to the Bombay film world of the 1940s, offering an invaluable window into twentieth-century India.

the 80-20 manager

Richard Koch
Piatkus, 2013, pp 268, 399
Managers constantly struggle to finish their to-do lists and they stay at work longer, leaving little time for the things that really matter. There is a way for managers to enjoy work without stress or long hours. In his bestselling book, Richard Koch shows readers how to put the 80/20 principle into practice in their personal lives.

nude before god

Shiv K Kumar
Random House, 2013, pp 168, 299
Ram Krishna is murdered by his wife’s suspected lover. He discovers that apart from his parents, dog, and a few friends, no one misses him. Dejected, he encounters the Lord of Death who makes him see that he may have been wrong about life and his wife. Armed with a wry sense of humour, Shiv K Kumar lays bare questions about humanity’s inescapable end, plying us with a story that gives us new reasons to live and laugh.

king, governance, and law in ancient india

Patrick Olivelle
Oxford, 2013, pp 466, 4,995
When the Arthasastra was discovered around 1905, it was described as the most precious work in Sanskrit literature, an assessment that still rings true. Patrick Olivelle’s new translation of this text takes into account a number of important advances in our knowledge of the texts, inscriptions and archeological and art historical remains from the period in Indian history to which the Arthasastra belongs.

dreams and shadows

C Robert Cargill
Hachette, 2013, pp 405, 695
It begins with a love story. A love that is almost too sweet, too perfect. From that love comes a child. Life is wonderful. Until something vile scuttles out of the shadows and steals the child away. But this is no ordinary fairytale. The author has written a modern American tale. A tale that twines the real world with the supernatural. Dreams and Shadows is a stunning and evocative debut about the magic and monsters in our world and in our self.

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