16 October 2015

Meera Syal brings her copy of The Handmaid’s Tale, her Mother’s Indian passport and precious gold bangles given to her at her wedding to the Penguin Studio to talk about her latest book The House of Hidden Mothers with host Richard E Grant.

Their discussion includes surrogacy, India’s fascination with babies and dowry payments as well as playing excerpts from the audiobook

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  • The House of Hidden Mothers

  • 'Dazzling. Intense and gritty at times, sparkling and hilarious at others. I found it absorbing, witty, joyous and moving…and that’s all I really want from a book!' - JO BRAND

    'Warm and witty' Sunday Times

    'The gifted Syal does it again' Indpendent

    HOW FAR WOULD YOU GO TO GET THE LIFE YOU CAN'T HAVE?

    Shyama, aged forty-eight, has fallen for a younger man. They want a child together.

    Meanwhile, in a rural village in India, young Mala, trapped in an oppressive marriage, dreams of escape.

    When Shyama and Mala meet, they help each other realise their dreams. But will fate guarantee them both happiness?...

    Brimming with warmth, wit and indignation, Meera Syal immerses us in a devastating story of friendship, family and the lengths we will go to have a perfect life. THE HOUSE OF HIDDEN MOTHERS is her long-awaited third novel and shows Meera Syal at the height of her literary powers


    'Brilliant. It is destined to be a bestseller.' - ESTHER FREUD

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