About

Ravinder Randhawa is an acclaimed author and a blogger at Huffington Post. She was born in India, grew up in leafy Warwickshire, now lives in London; agrees with the old saying from Samuel Johnson (in a non-gender way of course) “…when a man is tired of London, he is tired of life.”  Loves a really good cup of coffee and is currently into Scandi noir.

Ravinder is the author of A Wicked Old Woman, the young adult novel Beauty and the Beast and the highly praised The Coral Strand, the short story collection Dynamite and is currently working on her next novel.

She is also the founder of The Asian Women Writers Workshop (later known as the Asian Women Writer’s Collective), which published two major collections: Right of Way (1989) and Flaming Spirit (1994). The Collective’s work has been archived by South Asian Diaspora Arts Archive (SADAA) here.

A member of PEN International, Ravinder was the Royal Literary Fund Fellow at Toynbee Hall,  Queen Mary’s College, University of London and St. Mary’s University

British council: http://literature.britishcouncil.org/ravinder-randhawa

Amazon author page: Author.to/RavinderRandhawa

Note: Beauty and the Beast was originally titled Hari-jan.

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Ravinder Randhawa is one of those authors whose work instantly gains my attention regardless of what it is. Her fiercely sharp eye for character and the inherent contradictions that power us all give each of her books a crackle and energy that other authors often don’t come close to.”  Alasdair Stuart  http://bit.ly/2epmZlN

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Now available as an ebook and paperback, through bookshops, Amazon and other on-line retailers.

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Events:

Shoes Or No Shoes. My contribution to this fascinating project  http://bit.ly/2wvP17p

Guest post discussing favourite scenes in The Coral Strand. http://www.talesofyesterday.co.uk

BBC Love to Read season: As part of the BBC’s Love to Read season, I discuss books, reading and everything in-between on the Big Debate with Sheetal Parmar and Kal Singh Dhindsa. Around 02:12:17  

Beginning of 2017: I’ll be on the judges panel of The Pageturner Prize. Entries are invited from debut writers with a finished or nearly finished manuscript. http://www.tiborjones.com/pageturnerprize/
 
The Writer As Agent Provocateur. A guest post on  Lindasbookbag.com. http://bit.ly/2vAyuBV

 

As a writer, I feel that freedom of expression is the most important freedom that humanity has.‘ Why I attend the vigils for Raif Badawi.

Fourth anniversary of Raif Badawi’s arrest: Saudi Arabia must release him now

 

1,000 Lashes For Raif Badawi.  Huffington Post article, marking the 5th anniversary of his arrest.

BBC World Service – The Cultural Frontline “Speaking Up and Uncovering Secrets”

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p03v2yrq

Saturday 2nd April 2016. 3-4 pm Reading and Discussion of The Coral Strand at Tate Library, Brixton Oval, London SW2.

Monday 21st March BBC Radio Leicester at 2pm.

Also  21st March. BBC WM radio Sunny and Shay show.

The Courier newspaper:  7/3/2016

Blog post: Burning Oil and Not A Single Scream: http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/ravinder-randhawa/burning-oil-and-not-a-single-scream_b_9475460.html

BBC Radio Leeds.  ‘Connections’. 6-3-2016

Female First celebrity magazine: Ten Things My Readers Don’t Know About Me: http://www.femalefirst.co.uk/books/ravinder-randhawa-the-coral-strand-925861.html

Huffington Post, blog post:http: http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/ravinder-randhawa/british-asian-all-things-wild-and-wonderful_b_9374286.html

Interview with British Asian Woman magazinehttp://britishasianwoman.com/2016/03/04/what-are-your-truths-and-secrets/

BBC Radio Northampton discussing The Coral Strand and the secrets project.    28-2-16

Sky News Tonight Show. Discussing PM Modi’s visit with Lord Bilimoria     12 -11-2015

Asian Voice. Feature article: ‘A Writer’s Touch’.   25-4-2015

Swords destroy, books create.” “Wars burn out, but books remain.” My guest post on why diverse books are essential in this destructive age where knowledge and thought are under threat. http://liveotherwise.co.uk/makingitup/2015/11/27/a-wicked-old-woman-by-ravinder-randhawa-guest-post/

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Recent reading:

This list is being closed, as I’m just not managing to keep it updated. However, I’ll mention some recent reads, which I found engrossing, interesting and enjoyable.

The Architect’s Apprentice by Elif Shafak; The Reluctant Fundamentalist by Mohsin Hamid; The Tale of Murasaki by Liz Dalby; Sapiens, A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari (non-fiction).

The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins. A thriller that doesn’t really tax your brain, but is great as a holiday read.

Endgame by Ahmet Altan. Translated by Alexander Dawe. Intelligent and imaginative parody on power and violence as well as an exploration of love. Ironically, the writer and his brother, Prof. Dr. Mehmet Altan, are currently under arrest by the Turkish authorities for having given “subliminal coup messages” during a television discussion programme. Writers across the world have objected to their detention and PEN is campaigning for their release.

where my heart used to Beat by Sebastian Faulks. A quietly powerful elegy against war.

The Humans by Matt Haig  I love books that look at us humans with ‘outsider eyes.’

The Mill on the Floss by George Eliot. What can I say about such a classic – it’s a must read.

The Weightless World by Anthony Trevelyan.  Great premise, but didn’t deliver.

All The Birds Singing by Evie Wyld. Beautiful, painful, brilliantly structured.

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