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  • Published: 4 June 2015
  • ISBN: 9781473525023
  • Imprint: Transworld Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 432

The House of Hidden Mothers




The fabulous and long-awaited new novel from Meera Syal about female friendship and second chances.

'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

  • Published: 4 June 2015
  • ISBN: 9781473525023
  • Imprint: Transworld Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 432

About the author

Meera Syal

Meera Syal, CBE, is one of our most acclaimed actors and writers of stage and screen. She starred in the hit series The Kumars at No. 42 and recently in the BBC film of David Walliams' The Boy in the Dress. She is currently in David Hare's play Behind the Beautiful Forevers at the National Theatre, and in the latest series of Broadchurch. Meera is also known for her funny, sharp and provocative fiction. Her two earlier novels are Anita and Me (a national curriculum set text) and Life Isn't all Ha Ha Hee Hee. The House of Hidden Mothers is her long-awaited third novel.

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Praise for 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

Wise, witty and warm - a deliciously exotic feast of a book, spiced with the two best ingredients, love and laughter

KATHY LETTE

Through her novels, screenwriting and acting Meera Syal has not only changed the way Britain sees British Asians, but how British Asians see and talk about themselves. It is no surprise that her new, much-anticipated, novel is totally original and important and true.

SATNAM SANGHERA

A delicately written, profound study of the female condition in the rich world and the poor. The gifted Syal does it again.

Independent

Surely the makings of a hit ... This book is bound to delight many readers, who will embrace Syal's well-chosen subject, her warm and witty voice and her passionate involvement with the world.

Sunday Times

Wonderfully candid .. Syal's main achievement with this rumbustious, confrontational and ultimately heartbreaking book has been to turn the standard British-Asian displacement narrative on its head

Guardian

Witty and moving

Fabulous Magazine

Sharp comedy

A Marie-Claire magazine Must-Read

Great read

A Woman and Home Great Read

Sprawling, humorous, sensitive

Metro

For sheer scope and ambition Syal makes Dickens and Tolstoy seem single minded. She pulls it off with panache.

Independent

Warm, witty, exotic. This wise, indignant novel goes many miles beyond your average celebrity effusion.

Kate Saunders, The Times

Deeply impressive .. Syal has done a beautiful job on the very modern problems faced by women everywhere, and the compromises they make and the inevitability of ageing.

Sunday Express

Syal's main achievement with this rumbustious, confrontational and heartbreaking book has been to turn the stand British-Asian displacement narrative on its head.

Alfred Hickling, Guardian

A frank and beautifully written tale of friendship and motherhood.

Candis Magazine

Funny, wise, warm, confidently straddling the contrasting cultures of Britain and India and acutely perceptive about both.

Daily Mail

Gives much food for thought. I can imagine many reading groups debating this well into the evening. Highly recommended.

New Books Magazine

Funny, direct and very topical. Syal's compelling novel touches on red-hot feminine issues that cry out to be discussed, preferably in a book group, with plenty of wine.

Saga Magazine

Really good books have a way of transporting the reader to places they'd never normally go to, opening their eyes to experiences and isssues they wouldn't otherwise consider. Meera Syal does all this and more. A beautifully written novel about female friendship, surrogacy and the problems of late parenthood.

Eastern Eye

Rich, sensual, earthy and utterly unforced. I was transported.

MICHAEL ATTENBOROUGH, CBE

Moving and incredibly funny at the same time. A great achievement.

RICHARD E. GRANT

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