Reviews

  • "Deepa Anappara’s richly textured and delightfully observed debut evokes the sights and sounds of a sprawling Indian city. Every detail rings true... Day-to-day life in the slums has such vitality that you immediately warm to the residents, with their resilience and dry humour"

    Max Davidson, Mail on Sunday
  • "A brilliant debut"

    Ian McEwan, Sunday Times bestselling author of Atonement
  • "A moving and confident novel about the preciousness of life. The storytelling is distinctive and immersive"

    Nikesh Shukla, author and editor of The Good Immigrant
  • "Anappara brings [the bazaar] brilliantly to vibrant, chaotic life... The amateur detectives and their schemes are utterly winning, effervescing off the page, but the tone gradually darkens as more children disappear, reflecting terrible actual statistics... [A] stand-out debut"

    Daily Mail