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Where the River Parts

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Radhika Dogra Swarup spent a nomadic childhood, growing up in India, Italy, Qatar, Pakistan, Romania and England, which gave her a keen sense of place and for the dispossessed. She studied at Cambridge University and worked in finance before turning to writing. She has written opinion pieces for Indian broadsheets as well as short stories for publications including the Edinburgh Review. She has also written a book on Indian baby names to be published by Rupa titled Modern Baby Names for a New India. Radhika lives in London with her husband and two young children.


'A perceptive story of love swept aside by history, packed with insight, compassion and piercing detail.'-Isabelle Grey, Good Girls Don't Die; 'A chapter of South Asian history that has often been deemed too painful to be explored fully.'-Nayomi Munaweera, Island of 1000 Mirrors; 'The aroma of saffron, cumin, turmeric and a sprinkle of dried ginger embraces Where the River Parts with history, sorrows and an ultimate understanding of love .a love that goes beyond the borders of war and threats of hopelessness. Dhanyavaad, Radhika Swarup, thank you.'-Michele Zackheim, The Last Train to Paris; 'Spanning continents and generations, Where the River Parts is an epic tale of love, loss and longing. It is also a paean to hope and friendship. It is undoubtedly a mature and confident literary offering from a writer who has announced her arrival in the world of quality fiction with a great new novel. Simply put, "Where the River Parts" is a delightful read. '-India Strategic; 'It's an examination of the choices a woman might make to survive in a world that's hostile towards her. While the men fight, organise and do business, Asha has to work out how to make it to tomorrow. The book also considers how the choices made - by society as well as parents - affect the beliefs and actions of future generations.'-Naomi Frisby

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