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Dogstar Rising
Parker Bilal
Bloomsbury, 2013, pp 384, 499

The unsolved murders of young homeless boys are fanning the embers of religious hatred. As tensions mount, Makana — who fled his home in Sudan a decade ago — has a premonition that history may be about to repeat itself. When Makana witnesses a brutal killing, he attracts the attention of both the state security services and a dangerous gangster family.

War Journey — Diary of a tamil tiger
Penguin, 2013, pp 123, 250

The child you threatened once, the young shoot you stepped on, the Tamil you teased, is standing with a gun in front of you. This short diary was recovered from Malaravan’s kit after he was killed in action in 1992, when barely 20. In it, he recounts his unit’s journey to Maankulam, the island’s granary, to fight a critical battle where they routed the Lankan military.  

The hired man
Aminatta Forna
Bloomsbury, 2013, pp 293, 499

Gost is surrounded by mountains and fields of wild flowers. Beyond the boundaries of the town an old house which has lain empty for years is showing signs of life. Laura and her teenage children have arrived. A short distance away lies the hut of Duro Kolak who lives alone with his two hunting dogs. Gost is not all it seems; conflicts long past still suppurate beneath the scars.

8 Steps to innovation
Vinay Dabholkar & Rishikesha T Krishnan
Collins Business, 2013, pp 306, 399

Innovation need not only be jugaad. For the first time a book shows us how in India, innovation can be introduced in ones organisation in a systematic, deliberate way. 8 Steps to Innovation explains how you can do this by building an idea pipeline in your organisation, improving the velocity of ideas coming in, and implementing the ideas within the given constraints.

She rises
Kate Worsely
Bloomsbury, 2013, pp 421, 499

It is 1740 and Louise Fletcher, a young dairymaid on an Essex farm, has been warned of the lure of the sea for as long as she can remember — after all, it stole away her father and brother. But when she is offered work in the bustling naval port of Harwich, as maid to a wealthy captain’s daughter, she leaps at the chance to see more of the world. There she meets Rebecca, her young mistress, who is as unexpected as she is fascinating.

Seven elements that changed the world
John Browne
W&N, 2013, pp 279, 499

Humans have put the Earth’s resources to extraordinary use. Our relationship with the elements is one of great ambivalence. Uranium produces both productive nuclear power and destructive atomic bombs; iron is the bloody weapon of war, but also the economic tool of peace. This book vividly describes how seven key elements have shaped the world around us — for good and for bad.

Children, Women, men
Sundara Ramaswamy, translated by Lakshmi
Penguin, 2013, pp 534, 499

This ambitious novel, teeming with characters, focuses on the family of Srinivasa Aiyar or SRS, who moves from his ancestral house in Alapuzhai in Kerala to the more modern Kottayam, before returning to his wife Lakshmi’s home in Nagercoil in Tamil Nadu. Set in the late 1930s, the book reflects the political and social turmoil of the pre-war years.