BBC World Service: The Cultural Frontline
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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. …
…It’s a complex, difficult book that pulls no punches and tells no lies. It is in short a Ravinder Randhawa novel. One that’s ambitious, complicated and compelling, just like the two women at its heart.”
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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 The Collective’s work has been archived by South Asian Diaspora Arts Archive (SADAA) here.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.
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 bbc.in/2f5RiQc
BBC World Service – The Cultural Frontline “Speaking Up and Uncovering Secrets”
Saturday 2nd April 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 magazine: http://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
The Secrets Project
“We live in two worlds: the known and unknown, the revealed and the secret. Both travel together, like light and shade, night and day. Both shape our lives and destinies. And both live inside us………
1. Wow! This blogger understands A Wicked Old Woman better than the writer. http://alasdairstuart.com/2015/11/03/review-a-wicked-old-woman-by-ravinder-randhawa/
3. “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/
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.