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For book-lovers, from book-lovers. 


We'll help you discover up-and-coming literary talent and undiscovered gems, all connected to the Indian subcontinent - from exciting books and authors to the hottest blogs. 


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Chosen by Farhana

This is the debut poetry collection of Reshma Ruia, an award-winning writer and co-founder of The Whole Kahani (a collective of British South Asian writers). Reshma’s first novel Something Black in the Lentil Soup (BlackAmber Books, 2003) was praised in the Sunday Times as ‘a gem of straight-faced comedy’, and more recently she was crowned winner of the Word Masala Debut Poet Award 2019. Her new book is a delight.   

Born in India, brought up in Italy and living in B...

Chosen By Sejal.

Table Manners: And Other Stories, is a collection of short stories written by Indian-born British writer Susmita Bhattacharya. Her debut novel, The Normal State of Mind (Parthian Publishing) was published in 2015 and in India by Bee Books in 2017. It was longlisted for the Words to Screen Prize at the Mumbai Film Festival earlier this year. 
Through 18 delightful stories, the reader is taken across a global journey of love and loneliness. The beauty of this collection i...

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Founders of S.A.S.S

Sheetal Mistry & Shirin Shah

On the 17th May 2019, Tara studios, London, hosted a one-off SOLD OUT live book club in front of an audience.  This was a collaboration between S.A.S.S. (South Asian Sisters Speak) and their Brown Girls Book Club, MissyMya and Tara Arts. 

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