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Books of the Month: November 2016


Amba: The Question of Red

Laksmi Pamuntjak

ISBN: 9789385755309 | Price: INR 499


Fatal Accidents of Birth:
Stories of Suffering, Oppression and Resistance

Harsh Mander

ISBN: 9789386050878 | Price: INR 499

Myth, culture and politics weave together in a beguiling tale of profound love.

In this devastating novel of love and redemption, empathy and forgiveness, Amba, Bhisma and Salwa attempt to undo the ancient legend of the Mahabharata—that timeless allegory of war within a family—with tragic consequences, as the story moves from rural Java to Europe and to the prison camps of Buru Island, where approximately 12,000 alleged communists were incarcerated without trial during the Suharto dictatorship.


This volume collects seventeen stories of women and men who, simply because they were born poor, or a particular gender, or into a certain caste or religion, fell prey to the many atrocities and indignities endemic to contemporary India. Some resisted, survived, and soldier on. Some did not.
Fatal Accidents of Birth is a powerful, challenging book. It tells us of the many ways in which we inflict violence upon each other—most of all by choosing to not see. And as it does so, this necessary book ensures that these stories will find their rightful place in our consciousness.

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ISBN: 9789386050489 | Price: INR 299


The Pocket Kamasutra: A Little Book of Pleasure

Alka Pande

The ultimate book of erotic love, the Kamasutra is, above all, about inventive sensuality. It is both a celebration of, and a guide to, the good sexual life. In this small, intimate book, a leading authority on ancient Indian art and classical erotica unpacks the Kamasutra in four thematic sections:
• Nayaka and Nayika—the love escapades of the sensual man and the sensual woman;
• Maithuna—imagination and the sexual act;
• Ananda—sex as the route to ultimate bliss;
• Ganika—the courtesan as the guide to ananda.
Containing seventy full-page erotic paintings and photographs, this is a delightful little book of pure, uninhibited pleasure.

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ISBN: 9789386050106 | Price: INR 499


Science Tales: Lies, Hoaxes and Scams

Darryl Cunningham

Shortlisted for ‘Best Book’ by the British Comics Awards


In this graphic milestone of investigative reporting, Darryl Cunningham explodes the lies, hoaxes and scams of popular science, debunking media myths and decoding some of today’s most fiercely debated issues:
• climate change
• homeopathy
• electroconvulsive therapy
• the moon landing
• the MMR (Measles, Mumps and Rubella) vaccine
• chiropractic
• evolution
• science denialism
• fracking
Thoroughly researched and sourced, Cunningham’s clear narrative, graphic lines and photographic illustrations explain complicated and controversial issues with deceptive ease.

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ISBN: 9789385288333 | Price: INR 250


The Creature on the Moonlit Road: More Stories of the Supernatural

M. R. James

‘A master of the supernatural. I first read M. R. James as a boyin a forest rest-house, and he had me hooked on ghost stories for the rest of my life.’

—Ruskin Bond

M. R. James is one of the greatest writers of supernatural stories from the last century. He has left an enduring legacy, and remains popular not only among generations of readers but also among later writers—from H. P. Lovecraft and John Bellairs to Stephen King and Paul Theroux.
Understated, placid surfaces which conceal the stuff of nightmares, the stories in The Creature on the Moonlit Road are some of the best in the genre. Gripping, and full of the most unexpected surprises, this volume is guaranteed to thrill.

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ISBN: 9789385755224 | Price: INR 275


Relaunched with a New Cover

Framed as a Terrorist: My 14-year Struggle to Prove My Innocence

Mohammad Aamir Khan with Nandita Haksar

A story of phenomenal humanity, perseverance and courage in the face of extreme injustice. It is not only an extraordinary memoir, it is a profoundly urgent and necessary book.
Framed As a Terrorist is the harrowing and heart-rending narrative of an ordinary young Indian man, from the by-lanes of Old Delhi, who was kidnapped by the police, falsely accused of being a terrorist, framed and kept in jail for almost fourteen years.
Released after a long and incredibly difficult legal battle, after surviving torture and solitary confinement, Mohammad Aamir Khan remains committed to the secular and democratic values that he grew up with.

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ISBN: 9781784971571 | Price: INR 599


Winner 2015 Hugo Award for Best Novel

The Three-Body Problem

Cixin Liu
Translated by Ken Liu

The opening installment of China’s best-selling apocalyptic space opera trilogy.

1967: Ye Wenjie witnesses Red Guards beat her father to death during China’s Cultural Revolution. This singular event will shape not only the rest of her life but also the future of mankind.
Four decades later, Beijing police ask nanotech engineer Wang Miao to infiltrate a secretive cabal of scientists after a spate of inexplicable suicides. Wang’s investigation will lead him to a mysterious online game and immerse him in a virtual world ruled by the intractable and unpredicatable interaction of its three suns.
This is the Three-Body Problem and it is the key to everything: the key to the scientists’ deaths, the key to a conspiracy that spans light-years and the key to the extinction-level threat humanity now faces.

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ISBN: 9781784975500


Special India Price INR 499
Original Price £7.99

Victim Without a Face

Stefan Ahnhem
Translated by Rachel Willson-Broyles

Detective Fabian Risk returns to his hometown to resolve a string of hideously inventive murders. The sensational debut from the new star in Nordic Crime Fiction.

Two men are dead. Both had been bullies at school. A single clue has been found at the scene: a class photo from 1982, with two faces neatly crossed out.
Fabian Risk is the lead detective on the case. He’s also one of the children in the photograph. He thought he’d left his schooldays behind. Now his classmates are dying for the sins of their childhood...

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ISBN: 9781784977986


Special India Price INR 799
Original Price £16.99

May We Borrow Your Language? How English Steals Words from all over the World

Philip Gooden

A richly entertaining exploration of the origins of the words that English has borrowed from other languages over its 1500-year history.

The English language that is spoken by one billion people around the world is a linguistic mongrel, its vocabulary a diverse mix resulting from centuries of borrowing from other tongues. From the Celtic languages of pre-Roman Britain to Norman French; from the Vikings’ Old Scandinavian to Persian, Sanskrit, Algonquian, Cantonese and Hawaiian—amongst a host of others—we have enriched our modern language with such words as tulip, slogan, doolally, avocado, moccasin, ketchup and ukulele.
May We Borrow Your Language? explores the intriguing and unfamiliar stories behind scores of familiar words that the English language has filched from abroad; in so doing, it also sheds fascinating light on the wider history of the development of the English we speak today.

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ISBN: 9781784784362


Special India Price INR 799
Original Price £12.99

The Killing of Osama Bin Laden

Seymour M. Hersh

In 2011, a group of Navy SEALS stormed an enclosure in the Pakistani city of Abbotabad and killed Osama Bin Laden, the man the United States had been chasing since before the devastating attacks of 9/11. The news did much to boost Obama’s first term and played a major part in his re-election victory in the following year. Except the story of that night that was presented to the world was a lie, and the evidence of what actually went on has been covered up.
As master investigative journalist Seymour M. Hersh shows in this explosive book, this was just one of many lies that the world’s leaders now tell us with seeming impunity. How far do these lies go? And what are their purpose?

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ISBN: 9781786631664


Special India Price INR 995
Original Price £20.00

The Age of Jihad: Islamic State and the Great War for the Middle East

Patrick Cockburn

Award winning journalist chronicles the major conflict of our times

This is essential reading for anyone interested in the collapse of the Middle East, and the devastating role of the West in the creation of this hellish crucible. In The Age of Jihad Patrick Cockburn, the author of the bestselling The Rise of Islamic State, exposes the dominant conflict of our time—the Sunni-Shia war, and the subsequent origins of ISIS. As he shows this did not explode suddenly in Syria after the Arab Spring as the conventional view holds, but over several years in occupied Iraq.
Cockburn was the first Western commentator to warn of ISIS, so far ahead of everyone else that last year the judges of the British Journalism Awards advised the UK government to ‘consider pensioning off the whole of MI6 and hiring Patrick Cockburn instead.’ The Age of Jihad will be the most in-depth analysis of the failure of the Middle East to date.

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ISBN: 9781784782726


Special India Price INR 699
Original Price £9.99

The Happiness Industry: How the Government and Big Business Sold us Well-Being

William Davies

Happiness has become the biggest idea of ourage, a new religion dedicated to well being. In this brilliant dissection of our times, political economist William Davies shows how this philosophy, first pronounced by Jeremy Bentham in the 1780s, has dominated the political debates that have delivered neoliberalism. From a history of business strategies of how to get the best out of employees, to the increased level of surveillance measuring every aspect of our lives, why experts prefer to measure the chemical in the brain than ask you how you are feeling, to why Freakonomics tells us less about the way people behave than expected, The Happiness Industry is an essential guide to the marketisation of modern life. He shows that the science of happiness is less a science than an extension of hyper capitalism.

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ISBN: 9789814525596


Special India Price INR 499
Original Price US$28.00

Einstein Relatively Simple: Our Universe Revealed in Everyday Language

Ira Mark Egdall

Einstein Relatively Simple brings together for the first time an exceptionally clear explanation of both special and general relativity. It is for people who always wanted to understand Einstein’s ideas but never thought they could.
Told with humor, enthusiasm, and rare clarity, this entertaining book reveals how a former high school drop-out revolutionized our understanding of space and time. From E=mc2 and everyday time travel to black holes and the big bang, Einstein Relatively Simple takes us all, regardless of our scientific backgrounds, on a mind-boggling journey through the depths of Einstein’s universe. Along the way, we track Einstein through the perils and triumphs of his life—follow his thinking, his logic, and his insights—and chronicle the audacity, imagination, and sheer genius of the man recognized as the greatest scientist of the modern era.

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ISBN: 9788193307397


Special India Price INR 795
Original Price US$24.00

The Public Professor: How to use your Research to Change the World

M. V. Lee Badgett

The Public Professor offers scholars ways to use their ideas, research, and knowledge to address the most important issues of the day. This book gives practical strategies to become more engaged with the public on a variety of fronts: online, in print, at council hearings, even national legislation. Learn how to use research to change minds, and turn your knowledge into clear and compelling messages to use in interviews, blog posts, tweets, and op-eds. Clear, practical, and insightful, The Public Professor is an essential guide for anyone who wants to build the necessary skills to get involved, make a difference, and change the world.

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ISBN: 9788193307380


Special India Price INR 995
Original Price US$30.00

Preventive Force: Drones, Targeted Killing, and the Transformation of Contemporary Warfare

Edited by Kerstin Fisk and Jennifer M. Ramos

More so than in the past, the US is now embracing the logic of preventive force: using military force to counter potential threats around the globe before they have fully materialized. Who decides what threats are ‘imminent’? Is there an international legal basis to kill or harm individuals who have a connection to that threat? Do the benefits of preventive force justify the costs? And, perhaps most importantly, is the US setting a dangerous international precedent?

In Preventive Force, editors Kerstin Fisk and Jennifer Ramos bring together legal scholars, political scientists, international relations scholars, and prominent defense specialists to examine these questions, whether in the context of full-scale preventive war or preventive drone strikes. Preventive Force is a useful guide for political scientists, international relations scholars, and policymakers who seek a thorough and current overview of this essential topic.

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   Speaking Tiger launched Loitering with Intent on the 5 of November at the India Habitat Centre, New Delhi. Author Ritu Menon was in conversation with Laila Tyabji, craft activist, designer and cofounder of Dastkar. Click here

   Speaking Tiger authors Ruskin Bond and Jerry Pinto were present at the three-day North East Literary Festival titled 'River Talks’ from 20-22 October, 2016. The festival, organised by the Royal Group of Institutions and North East Writers' Forum, showcased a gamut of literary activities including panel discussions by experts and various competitions among school and college students. Click here

    Speaking Tiger is participating at the North East Book Fair 2016 from 3 to 14 November held at The Assam Engineering Institute Playground, Chandmari, Guwahati- 781003. Please visit us at Stall No. 30, 31 and 32. Click here

    We are thrilled to make the following announcements:

  •   Speaking Tiger titles Belonging by Umi Sinha, Mother Where’s My Country? Looking for Light in the Darkness of Manipur, by Anubha Bhonsle and Framed As A Terrorist- My 14 Years Struggle to Prove My Innocence, by Mohammad Aamir Khan and Nandita Haksar, have been longlisted for the Tata Literature Live! First Book Award in the Non-Fiction category. Click here

  •   I, The Salt Doll by Vandana Mishra, translated by Jerry Pinto has been long listed for the Atta Galatta-Bangalore Literature Festival Book Prize 2016. Click here

  •    In a Land Far from Home: A Bengali in Afghanistan (Deshe Bideshe) by Syed Mujtaba Ali, translated by Nazes Afroz is shortlisted for the Raymond Crossword Book Award under the category 'Language Translation Shortlist'. Click here

  •    The Adivasi Will Not Dance by Hansda Sowvendra Shekhar, has been shortlisted for The Hindu Lit Prize 2016. Click here


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