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Fortune’s Soldier
Alex Rutherford
Hachette, 2018, pp 429, Rs 599
This plays out the friendship between Nicholas Ballantyne, a young Scotsman who finds himself on a ship bound for Hindustan, to begin a new life as a ‘writer’ on the rolls of the British East India Company, and the mercurial Robert Clive, determined to make a fortune in a land of opportunity.

The Line of Control
Happymon Jacob
Penguin, 2018, pp 288, Rs 449
This brings the border area to life. The author was given unprecedented access by the Indian and Pakistani armies, and he explores how the border is seen both in the popular imagination and by those who exist in its shadow.

Stillborn Season
Radhika Oberoi
Speaking Tiger, 2018, pp 204, Rs 350
The novel finds Amrit, a young journalist, talking to people to understand the violence — the massacre of Sikhs in 1984 — that scarred her childhood. She learns how the books of Nai Sarak were saved because Rikhi Chacha, a Sikh book-lover, gave up his life for them etc.

Of Counsel
Arvind Subramanian
Penguin, 2018, pp 347, Rs 699
It provides an inside account of his journey as the chief economic advisor to the Government of India between 2014 and 2018, succeeding Raghuram Rajan as captain of the ship. With an illustrious cast of characters, this reveals the numerous triumphs and challenges of policymaking at the zenith.

Cut
Shreemoyee Piu Kundu
Bloomsbury, 2018, pp 276, Rs 399
The novel, set in an environment where anyone who questions the government will be troubled with consequences, explores the life of a theatre artiste. It also touches upon commitment to artistic integrity and art as a platform for social reform against all odds, even when it becomes a question of survival.

Free hit
Suprita Das
Harper Collins , 2018, pp 260, Rs 499
This is the untold story of how women’s cricket in India got here, and casts light on gender-based pay gaps, sponsorship challenges, and the sheer indifference of cricketing officials it faced along the way.

The Undoing Dance
Srividya Natarajan
Juggernaut, 2018, pp 373, Rs 499
Kalyani comes from a lineage of famous devadasis, though there is no place for her talent in the Madras of newly independent India. In exchange for a comfortable life as the wife of a wealthy arts promoter, Kalyani has to keep her origins hidden and abandon her mother, Rajayi.

On this day in history
Dan Snow
John Murray, 2018, pp 432, Rs 450
Why did a dispute about beer in an Oxford pub lead to over 100 deaths and 470 years of penance? This book traverses continents and timelines to give its own perspective on these historical events. A wide variety of lesser-known events are represented here.

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