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Indian Maidens Bust Loose by Vidya Samson

Indian Maidens Bust Loose by Vidya SamsonIndependent and Self-Publishing are possibly the hottest and most contentious topics in the literary world today. Although I am wholeheartedly behind this trend, as a reader and reviewer, it is unfortunately the case that I do see far too many books of a standard that vindicates the argument of mainstream publishers that their old style gate-keeping is the last bastion of quality.

Thankfully, I also come across novels such as Vidya Samson’s Indian Maidens Bust Loose, which are as well written and edited as anything I read from larger publishers but may simply not meet their commercial requirements, or perhaps even the author’s own plans for their work.

I do have to point out before you read the review, that at the time of writing  Indian Maidens Bust Loose is only available in eBook format, so apologies to those without access to eReaders.

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The White Tiger by Aravind Adiga

The White Tiger by Aravind AdigaI never quite got around to reading Aravind Adiga’s — The White Tiger — when it was first published, but I suppose with the wide acclaim it received, along with the fact that it collected the 2008 Man Booker Prize, it was only a matter of time before I felt I had to. In the end, I picked up a copy whilst waiting for the publication of his latest novel — Last Man in Tower — which has now been released, and is another book I’m looking forward to reading and reviewing in the not too distant future.

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The Lizard Cage by Karen Connelly

The Lizard Cage by Karen ConnellyThe brutal and authoritarian military dictatorship of Burma, perhaps receives less than its fair share of column inches in the international media, possibly losing out to more recent conflicts. I think it is also fair to say that many national governments have a vested interest in deflecting attention, as over the years they are the ones responsible for supplying the Burmese government with the weapons to cruelly repress its own people.

The more exposure and publicity the Burmese situation receives, the better the chances of achieving the freedom and democracy that the country’s people deserve. Karen Connelly’s extensive travels in Burma and its surrounding regions have amply equipped her to write a compelling and at times heartbreaking story in The Lizard Cage, which tells of one man’s imprisonment and solitary confinement in the extremely violent and harsh Burmese prison system.

Karen Connelly won the Orange Award for New Writers in 2007 for The Lizard Cage.

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Shantaram by Gregory David Roberts

Shantaram by Gregory David RobertsGregory David Roberts was born in Australia in 1952, and following the breakup of his marriage and loss of access to his daughter he became a heroin addict, a habit which he fed by a life of crime.

Shantaram tells the story of his life on the run, and by any standards it is an epic and extraordinary tale.

After the first two manuscripts of the novel were destroyed, Roberts finally succeeded in getting the book published in 2003.

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