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Francoise, an Australian photographer, travels to Bhopal in India, where 20 years earlier a gas leak killed thousands. There she meets Naga, a Tibetan refugee whose family died in the disaster, and Arkay, a Scottish traveler battling addiction, who has found solace in Buddhism. As a testament to their time together Francoise assembles photographs from their lives into an album, the Red Book. The photographs tell their stories of love, struggle and transformation--pointing to the people they have been and who they will become. The three narrators' beautifully realized voices show how lives entwine and split apart, and the story captures the irresistible lure of India for outsiders, the promise of its spirituality, and its layered history.
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About the Author

Meaghan Delahunt's first novel, In the Blue House was nominated for the Orange Prize and won the Saltire First Book Prize, a Scottish Arts Council Book of the Year prize and a Commonwealth Prize for Best First Book. She lectures in Creative Writing at the University of St Andrews. Born in Melbourne, Meaghan Delahunt now lives in Edinburgh.

Reviews

'This colourful account of life in India is a joy ... It's finely wrought and expansive fiction that lingers' Herald 'There is much rich material here ... the story of Francoise's love for Arkay, the monk ... is written with intensity and powerful despair' Kamila Shamsie, Guardian '[An] exploration of the human desire to shed past lives ... Vivid, wise, ambitious and beautiful' The List 'Blessed with ambition and talent enough to realise it, The Red Book is a model of what a globalised imagination can do' Sunday Herald

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