- Q&A (Slumdog Millionaire) *****
Literature, coming of age, heartwarming
Former tiffinboy Ram Mohammad Thomas has just got twelve questions correct on a TV quiz-show to win a cool one billion rupees. But he is brutally slung in prison on suspicion of cheating. Because how can a kid from the slums know who Shakespeare was, unless he is pulling a fast one. In the order of the questions on the show
- The Great Railway Bazaar *****
Non-fiction, travel, auto-biography
Paul Theroux recounts his early adventures on an unusual grand continental tour. Asia’s fabled trains are the stars of a journey that takes him on a loop eastbound from London’s Victoria Station to Tokyo Central, then back from Japan on the Trans-Siberian.
- Kingdom of the Golden Dragon ****
Childrens literature, suspence, adventure
Alexander Cold and his best friend, Nadia, the heroes of Allende’s City Of the Beasts, are reunited in a new adventure. This time, Alexander’s fearless grandmother and International Geographic are taking them to another remote niche of the world — a forbidden kingdom tucked into the frosty peaks of the Himalayas. Their task: to locate its fabled Golden Dragon, a sacred statue and priceless oracle, before it is destroyed by the greed of an outsider.
- Are you experienced? *****
Fiction, comedy, coming of age, travel
Liz travels to India because she wants to find herself. Dave travels to India because he wants to get Liz into bed.