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10 books you need to devour this month

From Sujata Massey's A Murder On Malabar Hill to Eleven Ways To Love

By Neville Bhandara  March 8th, 2018

“I read to know more about myself and other people, to dive into the wider world and to shut it off, to escape a situation and to find out how to deal with it. I also read to learn how to write,” says Snigdha Poonam Journalist and Author, Dreamers: How young Indians are changing their world.

10 books to read this month:


Rose McGowan

HarperCollins, February 2018

Before the #MeToo movement, it was Rose McGowan who blew the whistle in the ’90s. This memoir takes us back to her past and subsequent arrival in Hollywood, detailing the industry’s systemic misogyny, and what happens behind closed doors.

Eat the apple

Matt Young

Bloomsbury, February 2018

This daring memoir recounts the author’s time as a US Marine. Ironic in some parts and self- angulating in others, it reveals a harrowing picture of a life spent in service, with toxic masculinity and the horrors of war in tow.


Emma Glass

Bloomsbury, January 2018

Emma Glass burst onto the literary scene with this searing debut that opens in the aftermath of a teen’s sexual assault. The book is a sensory overload, thanks to Glass’s vivid, uncomfortable imagery. Pick up a copy if you’ve got a strong stomach (and taste) for visceral writing.

Sail away

Celia Imrie

Bloomsbury, February 2018

Two women on a cruise ship form the backdrop of this novel. One, an ageing starlet, is working her way home when her play is unexpectedly cancelled. The other is buying time on the cruise, while her home is temporarily uninhabitable. Prep for some high-sea humour.

The seven deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle

Stuart Turton

Bloomsbury, February 2018

This crafty, concept murder mystery is a whodunit that would make Agatha Christie proud. Red herrings, twisted plots and the setting—a mansion, a masquerade ball—make it a puzzle you can’t wait to finish.

The Sparsholt Affair

Alan Hollinghurst

Penguin Random House, March 2018

The Man Booker Prize-winning author’s latest spans seven decades of the Sparsholt family—from war-torn Britain in the ’40s and the sexual liberation of the ’60s, to the hardships of the ’70s, and the present day. It all starts with the friendship of two young men who meet at Oxford in the days of the Blitz and the blackout.

A day in the life (stories)

Anjum Hasan

Penguin Random House, March 2018

Fourteen short stories crisscross the Indian subcontinent, chronicling the lives of its inhabitants, from idealistic retirees in the misty hills of Coorg, to a senior citizen with an anger management problem—this is a book of real people and wry writing.

Elevan ways to love (Essays)

Penguin Random House, February 2018

Eleven writers bare their soul as they write on the complex and elusive emotion. Moving far beyond the regular realm, the collection tackles trans and queer love, polyamory, class and caste differences, and racism.

You can’t go home again

Sarvat Hasin

Penguin Random House, March 2018

The London-based writer’s interlinked stories track a high-school production of Arthur Miller’s The Crucible, during which a student goes missing, setting off ripples and causing panic.

A Murder on Malabar Hill

Sujata Massey

Penguin Random House, February 2018

This detective drama set in the Bombay of the 1920s, sees the protagonist, lawyer Perveen Mistry, turn sleuth for a case that takes a dark turn. Murder adds to the dubious financial goings-on, leaving her racing to outwit a dangerous foe.