Author(s): Pratima Mitchell
<b>This is a glorious evocation of India and an incisive look at the issues of class, empire and women's rights.</b><p>West meets East in a mysterious and atmospheric novel in which Sarla, a Londoner, spends the summer with her mother's family in Daroga, India. She and her cousin Bina, who is quiet, studious and traditional, are very different indeed. So when Sarla learns that Bina has a deep, dark secret - concerning her mother, a murder and bandits in the surrounding hills - she is determined to find out exactly what it is.
Pratima Mitchell was born in India and went to universities in Delhi, London and the United States. She comes from a family of writers and was first published at the age of eleven. She has worked as a journalist, editor, waitress and as a teacher of English. Her base is Oxford where she digs an allotment, rides her bike and writes in her garden shed. She has one daughter who is a concert violinist.