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  • Published: 7 November 2014
  • ISBN: 9781775537052
  • Imprint: RHNZ Black Swan
  • Format: Trade Paperback
  • Pages: 272
  • RRP: $32.99
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Heavenly Hirani's School of Laughing Yoga




A sparkling, moving, utterly charming new novel from the incomparable Sarah-Kate Lynch

A sparkling, moving, utterly charming new novel from the incomparable Sarah-Kate Lynch


Annie Jordan never wanted to go to India: there were too many poor people and the wrong sorts of smells. But when she ends up there anyway, to her great surprise it’s not the beggars that cling to her, it’s the lessons in life — courtesy of Heavenly Hirani and her beachside laughing yoga.

This endearing new novel by Sarah-Kate Lynch will reconfirm for her fans what a master she is of humour, exploring and understanding human experience and creating a vivid world around her utterly believable characters.

  • Pub date: 7 November 2014
  • ISBN: 9781775537052
  • Imprint: RHNZ Black Swan
  • Format: Trade Paperback
  • Pages: 272
  • RRP: $32.99

About the Author

Sarah-Kate Lynch

Sarah-Kate Lynch is a novelist and editor, and has also worked as a journalist, radio presenter and columnist. She has published many hugely popular novels, plus memoir and non-fiction. She reviews, has hosted magazine book clubs, and writes two columns for Woman’s Day.

Sarah-Kate's novels include: The Wedding Bees, Dolci di Love, On Top of Everything, The House of Peine, Eating with the Angels, By Bread Alone, Blessed Are the Cheesemakers, and her first novel published in 2000, Finding Tom Connor. Her non-fiction work includes a collection of columns, The Modern Girl’s Guide to Life (2002). Her memoir, Stuff It! A Wicked Approach to Dieting, she has described as ‘inspired by reading Ellen Degeneres and Fran Drescher's half nonsensical memoirs’. In 2014 she resumed her 'Wicked Approach' series with the hilarious Screw You Dolores: A Wicked Approach to Happiness. More are planned.

The Sunday Star-Times wrote of By Bread Alone, ‘Witty, charming, faithfully passionate to its subject and emotionally adept. If only this book was a man.’ In The New Zealand Herald, Margie Thomson wrote: ‘Her plots buzz along . . . , her characters spring recognisably to life, she’s extremely lively and funny . . . especially when she’s skewering the world of social flim-flam, but with a feel for language that results in some lovely imagery and, in this latest novel, genuine poignancy.’

Next magazine found Finding Tom Connor a ‘cross between Bridget Jones’s Diary and Waking Ned Devine, this is a romantic and rollicking good read’. The Dominion Post concluded of The House of Peine, which is set in a chateau and vineyard in the Champagne region of France: ‘Impeccably researched, it reads like a dream.’

Sarah-Kate lives with her husband and her dog, but she’s often not sure where — and she likes it that way. See more at www.sarah-katelynch.com. She is also on Twitter and Facebook.

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Praise for Heavenly Hirani's School of Laughing Yoga

“An engaging read, this tale of one woman's transformation from emptiness to fulfilment pulls at the heart strings, and gives the reader an insight into the beauty and joy that can be found in India — even in the slums and in the houses of those who have virtually nothing.”

Gisborne Herald

“Take Eat, Pray, Love, add laughter and you have the beginnings of Sarah-Kate Lynch's latest offering. Set in India, the story follows Annie Jordan as she comes to learn that it's not just the beggars who cling to her in India, it's the lessons in life courtesy of Heavenly Hirani and her beachside laughing yoga. Funny, touching and a great reminder to breathe deeply and giggle during the festive season.”

Australian Women's Weekly


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