Train journeys all this week and a few hours waiting for some routine health checks meant I had plenty of time for reading this week –firstly the debut novel of Kishwar Desia and then the latest in the very long writing career of P D James (see next entry).
Witness the Night takes as its topic some serous gender matters in India. Desia creates characters that feel real & provides opportunities for this book to be the first in a series. Her passion for bringing the issues she raises in Durga’s story and Simran’s choice of lifestyle is clear. This is a book that’s unafraid to speak out about serous issues: it needs to be read all around the world. Worthy of the 2010 Costa First Novel Award and I’m looking forward to Desia’s next novel.