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Another Country [Hardcover]

Anjali Joseph
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7 Jun 2012

Longlisted for the Man Asian Literary Prize, this is a superb second novel from the author of the multiple-award winning ‘Saraswati Park’.

Paris, London, Bombay: three cities form a backdrop to a journey through Leela’s twenties at the dawn of the new millennium, as she learns to negotiate the world, work, relationships and sex, and find some measure of authenticity.

Sharp, funny, and melancholy, Another Country brings a cool eye to friendship, love, and the idea of belonging in its movements through old and new worlds. As with her debut, Saraswati Park, Anjali Joseph’s beautiful, clear writing captures exactly both emotions and surroundings.


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  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Fourth Estate (7 Jun 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007462778
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007462773
  • Product Dimensions: 21.8 x 14.2 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 386,854 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Anjali Joseph was born in Bombay in 1978. She read English at Trinity College, Cambridge, and has taught English at the Sorbonne, written for the Times of India in Bombay and been a Commissioning Editor for ELLE (India). Her first novel, Saraswati Park, won the Desmond Elliott Prize, the Betty Trask Prize, and the Vodafone Crossword Award for best novel in India, and was shortlisted for the Ondaatje Prize and a Commonwealth Prize.

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Praise for ‘Another Country’:

‘Beautifully delineated … it is a measure of Joseph’s skill that despite being spiky, hopelessly indecisive and eternally dissatisfied, Leela remains such a sympathetic protagonist. The writing throughout is cool and clear, and whilst the overall tone of the novel is hauntingly melancholic, it is also distinguished by a refreshingly abrasive wit’ Peter Parker, Sunday Times

‘Joseph has an unerring instinct for detail that brings a scene to life … Her descriptions … are gorgeously vivid’ Sunday Telegraph

‘A brief, poetic novel about the attrition caused by, and the inadvertent but radiant surplus gained from, aimless drift. Its subtlety and skill, and the instinct for beauty that marked Joseph's first novel, confirm her unusual and immense talent.’ Amit Chaudhuri

‘Joseph's writing is rich and original. She can describe silences and what is left unsaid between her characters just as well as she describes what they do and say’ Observer

‘A readable and entertaining book’ Guardian

‘Subtle and affecting’ Catherine Taylor, Sunday Telegraph Books of the Year

‘Joseph’s eye for the myriad disappointments of young professional life is excruciatingly accurate, especially in the London section… Joseph is a skilled observer.’ Metro

‘Joseph has a sharp eye for detail, whether she’s writing about the slightly desperate attempts of ex-pats to create a social life, or the quirks of a rapidly changing Bombay’ Psychologies Magazine

‘Don’t Miss’ Woman & Home Magazine

‘Joseph is excellent at capturing the fleeting moments of success in provisional social life … she has an equally impressive instinct for the telling detail in relationships.’ Alex Clark, TLS

About the Author

Anjali Joseph was born in Bombay in 1978. She read English at Trinity College, Cambridge, and has taught English at the Sorbonne, written for the Times of India in Bombay and been a Commissioning Editor for ELLE (India). Her first novel, Saraswati Park (2010), won the Desmond Elliott Prize, the Betty Trask Prize and India’s Vodafone Crossword Book Award for Fiction. Another Country is her second novel.


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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Another country, another yawn. 4 April 2013
By Sue Kichenside TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
This is the story of a young woman called Leela who has finished uni and is embarking on the big wide world of work, men and relationships.

The book starts with Leela going to Paris where nothing very much happens for 74 pages. Drinks come and go, meals come and go, men come and go. *yawns*

Leela then returns to London where nothing very much happens for 75 pages. Drinks come and go, meals come and go, men come and go. *yawns again*

Leela then goes to Bombay where not very much happens for the remaining 108 pages. She sees her family for a paragraph or two. She works. She travels. It is possible that she falls in love but Leela is such a blur, we can't really be sure. *politely puts hand over mouth to hide jaw-cracking yawn*

And then Leela goes to... Am so sorry, don't know what's wrong with me, just can't keep my eyes open a moment longer. *nods off*
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Quiet and wonderful 23 July 2012
Format:Hardcover
This is the story of a young woman looking for a place to feel settled in Paris, London and then Bombay. Joseph is extremely funny and sharp-eyed, and searingly truthful. Proper writing, of the kind that gets overlooked for not banging a drum. Loved it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars In Search of a Sense of Belonging 2 Mar 2013
By Susie B TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Hardcover
Anjali Joseph's debut novel Saraswati Park won the Desmond Elliot Prize and the Betty Trask Prize, and the author was also named as one of 'The Daily Telegraph's' top twenty writers under forty. No pressure then for Joseph with her second novel 'Another Country' which centres on Cambridge graduate, Leela Ghosh, whom we first meet when she is living and working in Paris teaching English. Leela appears a rather self-conscious, introspective character, who drifts through her days and spends her evenings drinking, occasionally dating, and yearning for what she cannot have. When romance fails to blossom in Paris and, due to her indecisiveness, she misses the closing date to renew her teaching contract, Leela returns to London, starts working in an office, goes to parties, to the gym, and drifts into a relationship with Richard. Spending half of her time living with Richard in his apartment, Leela is confused and upset at his reluctance to tell his father of his relationship with her, and she begins to consider her weekends as "merely an opportunity to have long, unfurling arguments and dilatory sex..." But dissatisfied as she may be with Richard's lack of commitment, Leela seems to drift along in a stagnant relationship without really addressing her dissatisfaction, until something happens which forces her to act. Leela then visits relatives in Bombay and takes the opportunity to go travelling, before finding work and a place to live, hoping to settle and find some inner peace. In Bombay she tells a new friend: "I thought Bombay was some kind of lost home. I thought I'd find that missing sense of belonging here." But does Leela find her sense of belonging? Does she meet someone to share her life with? Read more ›
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2.0 out of 5 stars A disappointment 27 Dec 2013
By Iwao
Format:Paperback
I strongly recommend Anjali Joseph's first novel, Saraswati Park. This one is disappointing. In retrospect, reading it was a waste of time. Yes, she writes nicely. But as far as this novel goes, that's it. The main character is an aimless, insecure person with no strong interests, passions, or aspirations, thinking of little but relationships with blokes, repeatedly getting stuck in relationships with men she doesn't even appear to like, and apparently incapable of doing the simplest things that might make those relationships go better. If that kind of protagonist appeals to you, read the book. If not, I wouldn't recommend it. Personally I thought the main character, Leela, was both maddening and improbable. She's a Cambridge graduate, for goodness' sake! Yet she appears to be happy to drift along for years and years in dead-end jobs, achieving nothing, and with no goals or aspirations. How likely is that, really? I'm afraid I just found her an uninteresting person.
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