Novels to swoon, cry and sigh wistfully over this Valentine's Day, as chosen by Giovanna Fletcher, Caleb Femi, Andrew Hunter Murray and more.
We asked our book editors to tell us about the new voices they're backing in 2020.
Over the next six months, we are publishing a brilliant range of debut authors, who are covering everything from the science of listening to fighting feminists to djinns and disappearing children. Then there's the secret world of fungi and a mystical realm accessed through modern Beijing. Anna Fielding talks to the writers to learn more about their upcoming releases.
When local children begin to go missing on the edge of a sprawling Indian city, Jai and his friends take matters into their own hands in order to uncover the truth. Immerse yourself in the story from the next unforgettable child narrator, for fans of Midnight’s Children and The Trouble with Goats and Sheep.
Deepa Anappara grew up in Kerala, southern India, and worked as a journalist in cities including Mumbai and Delhi. Her reports on the impact of poverty and religious violence on the education of children won the Developing Asia Journalism Awards, the Every Human has Rights Media Awards, and the Sanskriti-Prabha Dutt Fellowship in Journalism. A partial of her debut novel, Djinn Patrol on the Purple Line, won the Lucy Cavendish Fiction Prize, the Bridport/Peggy Chapman-Andrews Award and the Deborah Rogers Foundation Writers Award. She has an MA in Creative Writing from the University of East Anglia, Norwich, and is currently studying for a PhD on a CHASE doctoral fellowship. www.deepa-anappara.com
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