Book Rack

Sachin Tendulkar — The Man Cricket Loved back
Miscellaneous
Penguin, 2014, pp 280, 599

This collection brings together affectionate and perceptive appreciations from teammates and rivals who saw Tendulkar up close and contributions from the who’s who of cricket writing.

It also features several interviews conducted with Sachin over the years, and superb pictures of him on and off the field, making for a comprehensive portrait of the cricketer.

When Mr Dog Bites
Brian Conaghan
Bloomsbury, 2014, pp 372, 399

Dylan Mint has Tourette’s. As a 16-year-old pupil at Drumhill Special School, getting stressed is something of an occupational hazard. But then a routine visit to the hospital changes everything. Overhearing a conversation between the doctor and his mother, Dylan discovers that he’s going to die next March. So he grants himself three parting wishes: three ‘Cool Things To Do Before I Cack It’.

Branson: Behind the mask
Tom Bower
Faber & Faber, 2014, pp 368, 599

The image remains pristine: a charismatic high-school-dropout-turned-billionaire, whose stratospheric rise and daring exploits have won him millions of enduring admirers and made him a model for aspiring entrepreneurs throughout the world. But, is this story still credible? In his most explosive book to date, Tom Bower dares to explore the reality of the Branson empire.

A dirge for the damned
Vishwas Patil, translated by Keerthi Ramachandra
Hachette, 2014, pp 471, 450

The people of Jambhli have been ousted from their homes with promises of rehabilitation and compensation in cash and land, to make way for an irrigation project and the construction of a large dam. In their search for a place to call their own, they must battle petty local politicians, scheming government officials strengthened by exploitative laws and self-serving social workers.

Maps for a mortal moon
Adil Jussawala, edited by Jerry Pinto
Aleph, 2014, pp 339, 495

The essays and entertainments collected in this volume take in everything from language to poetry, from ethics to model aeroplanes, from death and addiction to travel and alienation. In these pages, you will meet poets, novelists, labourers, gamblers and most startlingly, Jussawalla himself as a boy who lost himself at the movies, as the acned adolescent on a ship watching a storm at sea, as the flaneur of South Mumbai.

Knightley & son
Rohan Gavin
Bloomsbury, 2014, pp 331, 250

Darkus Knightley is not your average 13-year-old: ferociously logical, super-smart and with detective work in his blood. His dad Alan Knightley was London’s top private investigator, but four years ago the unexplained finally caught up with him — and he fell into a mysterious coma. Darkus is determined to follow in his father's footsteps and find out what really happened.

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