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Win, read and review a copy of One of the Observer's Ten Debut Novelists of 2021 MOTH by Melody Razak

We’re delighted to be offering reading groups copies of one of the Observer’s Ten Debut Novelists of 2021, MOTH by Melody Razak!

‘I adored Moth: it’s one of the best debuts I’ve ever read. It made my heart swell’ SARAH WINMAN

‘Takes us right into the heart and heat of Partition-era Delhi. A rare delight’

‘A powerful and moving family story: every character springs from the page’

Delhi, 1946.
Ma and Bappu are liberal intellectuals teaching at the local university. Their fourteen year-old daughter – precocious, headstrong Alma – is soon to be married: Alma is mostly interested in her wedding shoes and in spinning stories for her beloved younger sister Roop.
Times are bad for girls in India. The long-awaited independence from British rule is heralding a new era of hope, but political unrest is brewing, threatening to unravel the rich tapestry of Delhi

This is a story of the quiet moments that define us and the extraordinary resilience of the human spirit, when everything is threatening to tear everything you hold dear apart…


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