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Published: December 13, 2015 12:11:43 AM

A Long Dream of Home

A Long Dream of Home
Siddhartha Gigoo & Varad Sharma Bloomsbury
Pp 299
R499

The authors of the memoirs in this anthology belong to four generations: those who were born and brought up in Kashmir, and fled while they were in their 40s and 50s; those who lingered on; those who got displaced in their teens; and those who were born in migrant camps in exile.

Slade House
David Mitchell
Hachette
Pp 233
R499

Every nine years, on the last Saturday of October, a ‘guest’ is summoned to Slade House. But why has that person been chosen, by whom and for what purpose? The answers lie in the long attic of the house. Slade House was born out of a short story Mitchell published on Twitter in 2014.

Eat Dust : Mining and Greed in Goa
Hartman de Souza
HarperCollins
Pp 277
R350

De Souza travelled the length and breadth of Goa, painstakingly documenting the operations of the state’s powerful mining mafia. At once travelogue, investigative journalism and family memoir, Eat Dust maps the culture, topography and cultural diversity of Goa.

Chance
New Scientist (edited by Michael Brooks)
Hachette
Pp 266
R399

Chance provides fascinating insights into luck, randomness, risk and probability. From the secrets of coincidence to placing the perfect bet, the science of random number generation to the haphazard decisions of criminal juries, the book explores these, and many more questions.

 

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