Author(s): Anjali Joseph
A superb second novel from the author of the multiple-award winning Saraswati Park. Twenty-something Leela is trying to figure out what to do next, who to fall in love with and where she belongs in the world. The problem is that no matter where she goes - Paris, London, Bombay - or what she does - teaching or temping, dating or committing - life doesn't appear to offer any straightforward answers. A poignant, evocative journey over two continents and through the adult spheres of work, sex and convenient friendships, Another Country is about growing up, moving on and discovering that what you really want is very different from what you thought it would be.
'Beautifully delineated...The writing throughout is cool and clear, and whilst the overall tone of the novel is hauntingly melancholic, it is also distinguished by a refreshingly abrasive wit' Peter Parker, Sunday Times 'Joseph has an unerring instinct for detail that brings a scene to life ... Her descriptions ... are gorgeously vivid' Sunday Telegraph 'Joseph's writing is rich and original. She can describe silences and what is left unsaid between her characters just as well as she describes what they do and say' Observer 'A readable and entertaining book' Guardian 'Subtle and affecting' Catherine Taylor, Sunday Telegraph Books of the Year 'Joseph's eye for the myriad disappointments of young professional life is excruciatingly accurate, especially in the London section... Joseph is a skilled observer' Metro
Anjali Joseph was born in Bombay in 1978. She read English at Trinity College, Cambridge, and has taught English at the Sorbonne, written for the Times of India in Bombay and been a Commissioning Editor for ELLE (India). Her first novel, Saraswati Park, won the Desmond Elliott Prize, the Betty Trask Prize, and the Vodafone Crossword Award for best novel in India, and was shortlisted for the Ondaatje Prize and a Commonwealth Prize. Another Country is her second novel.