At its core the novel is a love story about Lata and her mother’s attempts to find her a husband, set against the backdrop of a newly independent post-partition India. The White Tiger by Aravind Adiga: £8.99, uk This darkly humorous Man Booker prize-winning novel tells the story of corruption and class struggle in India, seen through the eyes of village boy Balram Halwai.
From Wimpy Kid to gritty teen fiction, our round-up brings you some of the best books for encouraging a lifelong love of reading among children who are dyslexic or reluctant readers.
While you’ll probably know if your child isn’t keen on reading, it’s not always so easy to tell if they are dyslexic, acknowledges Sue Flohr, national helpline and policy manager at the British Dyslexia Association.
Guha’s take on Indian politics post-independence was named book of the year by The Economist and The Wall Street Journal in 2007.
Buy now Verdict For a page-turning thriller you’ll want to stay up all night reading, Gregory David Roberts’s Shantaram is a vivid introduction to India.
City of Djinns is the first account of the British writer’s love affair with Delhi, where he has lived on and off for 25 years. Q&A by Vikas Swarup: £7.99, uk The novel that spawned the Oscar-winning film Slumdog Millionaire tells the story of a young waiter who becomes the biggest quiz show winner in history, only to be sent to prison after being accused of cheating.
Written more like a novel, the book follows various figures including his Sikh landlady, British survivors of the Raj and eunuch dancers. Written by an Indian diplomat, the novel was nominated for the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize. Behind The Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity by Katherine Boo: £7.49, uk Written by a white American during her time living in Mumbai, this non-fiction book centres on one of the city’s biggest slums, following everyone from a young litter picker to a female “slumlord” and a university student.The page-turning thriller, inspired by the writer’s own experiences living in the Mumbai slums, is one of the few books that manages to capture the overwhelmingly multi-sensory experience of living in India. The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy: £8.99, uk This Man Booker prize-winner is set in India’s southern state Kerala, away from the glamour of Deli and Mumbai.The densely descriptive novel follows the the childhood experiences of fraternal twins, commenting as much on human nature as it does on Indian politics, religion and the caste system. A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry: £8.99, uk Set during “The Emergency”, a period of civil unrest when Indira Gandi was Prime Minister, A Fine Balance is written with beautifully controlled prose.Start by finding a page within the book that doesn’t have pictures, then get them to start reading at the top and go on until they reach a word they don’t know.Get them to put their little finger on it and continue reading, putting another finger on each word that they don’t know.Impoverished girl Roop is pleased to learn she is to become the second wife of a wealthy Sikh landowner and hopes she can become friends with his older wife, Satya.