Reviews

  • It’s not hard to see why Djinn Patrol is one of the most eagerly awaited debut novels this spring. It feels like a reckoning with modern India and its many complex problems… Anappara cleverly filters a uniquely Indian horror story through a chirpy, Famous Five-esque narrative and the voice of a witty, young, have-a-go hero

    Johanna Thomas-Corr, The Times
  • Djinn Patrol is storytelling at its best. The prose is not just sympathetic, vivid, and beautifully detailed, but also completely assured and deft. We care about these characters from the first page and our concern for them is richly repaid

    Anne Enright, Man Booker Prize-winning author of The Gathering
  • In Jai, Anappara has created a boy vivid in his humanity, one whose voice somersaults on the page. Rich with easy joy, Anappara’s writing announces the arrival of a literary supernova... (Warning: If you begin reading the book in the morning, don’t expect to get anything done for the rest of the day.)

    Lorraine Adams, New York Times Book Review
  • Anappara's characters brim with swagger and spirit and she creates a world of wit, warmth and heart

    Nina Stibbe, i
  • A captivating literary style... A dazzling, wonderful book

    Elif Shafak, Daily Mail
  • Extraordinary... moving and unpredictable... remarkable

    Maureen Corrigan, Washington Post
  • A vivid, immersive debut laced with wonder

    Financial Times
  • A brilliant debut

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

    Nikesh Shukla, author and editor of The Good Immigrant

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