Writing Contemporary India: Manu Joseph and Preti Taneja in conversation with Sunny Singh


Join two prize-winning writers, Manu Joseph and Preti Taneja, alongside  fellow author and Jhalak Prize Co-founder Sunny Singh, as they discuss their recent novels Miss Laila Armed and Dangerous and We That Are Young, and about the experience of writing and reading contemporary India.

Manu Joseph’s novel Serious Men won The Hindu Literary Prize and the PEN/Open Book Award and was shortlisted for The Man Asian Literary Prize. Miss Laila Armed and Dangerous begins on the day that Hindu nationalists and their controversial leader have won a spectacular election victory and a large apartment building collapses in Mumbai. Bold, stylish and deceptively witty, Manu Joseph’s gripping new novel poses searching questions about political forces and religious division—with an ingenious twist.

‘Manu Joseph’s new novel is a daring, page-turning thriller, filled with anger and wit and some of the loveliest sentences you will read this year’ Zoë Heller

Preti Taneja’s debut We That Are Young won the 2018 Desmond Elliot Prize.  Told in astonishing prose – a great torrent of words and imagery – We That Are Young is a modern-day King Lear that bursts with energy and fierce, beautifully measured rage. Set against the backdrop of the anti-corruption protests in 2011–2012, it provides startling insights into modern India, the clash of youth and age, the hectic pace of life in one of the world’s fastest growing economies – and the ever-present spectre of death.

‘In years to come, Preti Taneja will be known as one of the UK’s most important writers.’ Nikesh Shukla

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