Wednesday, 28 November 2012

Amazing offer for Book Week Scotland

My publisher Dahlia Publishing Ltd has come up with an irresistible offer just for Book Week Scotland. 'Bombay Baby' is half price only 6.49 GBP !

Do grab a copy and please do send comments to Amazon or me. The events around Scotland for this Book Week is amazing.

Just look at this range of events and freebies!!Book Week Scotland is Scotland's first national celebration of books and reading, taking place from 26 November to 2 December 2012. The week-long programme of events is bursting with fantastic opportunities for people from all ages, interests and reading abilities, to embark or continue on a reading journey.
Book Week Scotland will encourage the whole nation to embrace reading’s unique capacity for empowerment, enrichment, education, solace, pleasure and growth. It will also provide a platform for everyone in Scotland to celebrate our exceptional literary talent, our history of literary excellence, and our rich creativity. Book Week Scotland also supports writers and publishers in Scotland. Click here for a catalogue showcasing Scotland's books, publishers and writing.
Scottish Book Trust has worked with partners across the country to create a diverse programme of events with some of Scoland’s best loved authors including Iain Banks in Loch Leven, Val McDermid in Orkney, Debi Gliori in Carnoustie, Janice Galloway in Benbecula, Christopher Brookmyre in Greenock, Vivian French in Glenrothes and many more.

 Other highlights will include:
 The programme will also represent Scotland’s diverse communities. Some of the events developed with partners include:
  • Royal National Institute for Blind People (RNIB) Scotland will open its Transcription Centre in Partick, inviting people to learn how to produce a book for someone with sight loss, or create a piece of work in Braille.
  • Shetland Arts is coordinating read-aloud sessions by local primary school pupils in care homes.
  • Scottish Refugee Council and Words per Minute are hosting a Live Literature event celebrating refugee writing.

Sunday, 25 November 2012

A poem

Sorry not a very clear photo of my poem on a post card. For a wee browse on a Sunday afternoon.

Saturday, 24 November 2012

Book Bundle offer!

Dare to be different, forget Amazon book offers this Christmas.  

 Go on indulge in this fab offer. For only 24.99 GBP, a book bundle, you get two novels and two anthologies.

Dahlia Publishing Ltd.

Hello and welcome to our first newsletter.

Since launching as a social enterprise in 2010, Dahlia Publishing has published four titles, hosted a handful of writerly events and continues to manage The Asian Writer.

Over the Autumn we conducted the Leicestershire Writers Survey  which found that many writers in the region feel that lots more could be done when it comes to literature events. We'll be implementing some of your suggestions in 2013 so watch this space!

Today we're launching our wonderful Xmas offers across all our titles, which celebrate brand new fiction from regional and diverse voices. There is also our exclusive bundle offer, where you can purchase all 4 titles for just £24.99). A perfect Xmas gift for a book lover. All our special offers are only available via this link.

We hope you will support Leicester's independent press and by doing so, will help us to continue to publish fiction by new writers often overlooked by the mainstream.


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You're getting this newsletter as a subscriber to The Asian Writer or because you filled in one of our surveys. We won't be sending you another email until March 2013.
Launched this year, The Asian Writer Short Story Prize set out to discover and recognise the very best new writing emerging from Asian writers. Five Degrees presents fourteen short stories short-listed in this year’s competition.
The stories reflects not only the depth and quality of writing being produced by new and emerging voices in Britain today but also go some way to challenge the perpetuated myth that Asian writers only produce a certain kind of fiction.

Read some of the UK's strongest fiction for just £5.
Our first anthology brings together poetry and short stories on the theme of celebration as well as a selection of interviews with Asian writers. It's beautiful collection of contemporary new voices from across the South Asian diaspora.
Interviews with Man Booker Prize nominated Mohsin Hamid, Orange Prize nominated Roopa Farooki and Winner of the Commonwealth Best Book Prize 2010, Rana Dasgupta amongst others capture the experiences of writers from across the South Asian diaspora.
An eclectic mix of poetry and prose by emerging writers explore themes of love and loss, belonging and identity, tradition and ambition.
An advice section for aspiring writers includes a full in depth interview with agent, Lorella Belli and snippets of advice from over twenty published writers.
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Young Will Jakesbere travels to London hoping to report on the illustrious career of Inspector Bucket of the Detective. But it is not long before he finds himself caught up in the chase for the sinister Beast.
Meanwhile, across town, a father is in a frantic search of his own – to locate his missing son. How will these two fates collide and will Bucket ever catch his man?
Inspired by Charles Dickens’ Bleak House, Inspector Bucket and the Beast is a new murder mystery featuring the enigmatic Inspector Bucket.

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Tina is torn between her Scottish parents and her Indian roots.  In the months leading to her eighteenth birthday she decides to find that missing piece of her life. Tina embarks on a journey, that will change her life forever, to India to find the woman she might otherwise have called mum. She meets an alluring American, Andrew and falls in love. But is all what it seems?
Meanwhile her uncle James is back in India on a business trip –  the place where he found himself and his first love. Just when Tina is about to discover her biological mother’s identity she is involved in a tragic accident and it is James who is summoned to her hospital bedside. As James begins to reminisce over his past he wonders how his life might have otherwise turned out. What happens when their lives accidentally intertwine and what will the consequences be for their loved ones waiting in Glasgow?

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Sunday, 11 November 2012


November is the tail end of the year and yet so many things are happening. Nanowrimo - a scary 50,000 words or a novel in a month has now become a mandatory prod for some procrastinating writers like me. But, and there is always a but, so many festivities to lighten the gloom of the short days of winter distracts me from writing, well that's my excuse! Guy Fawkes Night, Diwali, Thanks Giving  and Christmas shopping makes this a bright and happy time.

The photo is of the restaurant November(apt, don't you think?) in Princes Square in Buchanan Street. Prince's Square is a lovely little cluster of shops that is worth a look during the Christmas season. No bookshops in there, but are there many around? Amazon has enticed the book buying public by their online offers that are hard to resist.

 I have just finished reading the quaintly titled 'Salmon Fishing in the Yemen'. It is  political satire at its best. Yes, it is an old book and it took me four years after getting a copy to read it. A kind friend has given me a copy of 'Swimming Home' by Deborah Levy and as it is only 160 pages long and has been shortlisted in the Man Booker prize and loved by my friend, I'll be reading that next.

The South Asian Festival in London was celebrated in style. My publisher launched an anthology of new Asian Writing 'Five Degrees'. I hope to read the short stories in it soon and find some superb new Asian writers. Do check out my 'Bombay Baby' Page on Facebook to read about this anthology launch.

Some Radio ramblings- arachnid is not the same as spiders, the Upanishads, an 8 year old who lived opposite Hitler's flat in Munich, John Humpreys of Today programme going for the jugular of BBC CEO Entwhistle, the Archers, music while browsing FB- these are the joys of listening to the radio, something that gives me as much pleasure as reading and writing.

Remember  a copy of  my own novels, 'Bombay Baby' or 'Twice Born' would be a great Christmas or Diwali present.

Now for an offer you can't refuse. If you are a Prime account holder with Amazon , you can get the Kindle edition of my book 'Bombay Baby' ABSOLUTELY FREE. HERE'S THE LINK. HAPPY DOWLOADING:

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