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Novels set in India and South Asia

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Midnight's Children
Midnight's Children
"Set between Pakistan and India in the era following partition. The very best book ever written - The Best of the Bookers. Magic Realism attains perfection."
The Moor's Last Sigh
The Moor's Last Sigh
"Set between Portuguese India and Bombay, the central character leads us on a journey through three generations of a displaced family."
The God of Small Things
The God of Small Things
"Another Booker Prize winner. Beautifully poetic story of twins Rahel and Estha."
The Kite Runner
The Kite Runner
"Set in the Afghan warzone of the 1970s, following the fortunes of a boy in a country invaded by Russia and then taken over by the Taliban."
Q &  A
Q & A
"Best known as the novel filmed as Slumdog Millionaire. Confronting and uplifting in equal measure."
The Satanic Verses
The Satanic Verses
"Another story of displacement. Forget the fatwa controversy - this is just a story of great beauty."
The Siege Of Krishnapur
The Siege Of Krishnapur
"Yet another Booker winner. Set in the last days of British India, reflecting on the good and bad of colonialism."
The White Tiger
The White Tiger
"Easy-to-read Booker Prize winner about a ruthless Bombay social climber."
The Enchantress of Florence (Vintage Magic)
The Enchantress of Florence (Vintage Magic)
"Set between Mughul India and sixteenth century Italy. Reminiscent of Arabian Nights, but with Rushdie's flair for beautiful prose."
White Teeth
White Teeth
"Mostly set in London, but exploring themes of immigration and displacement from all corners of the world, including India, Pakistan and Bangladesh."
The Ground Beneath Her Feet
The Ground Beneath Her Feet
"Another story of dislocation. Set in the sixties in Bombay and New York, about two musical superstars."
Lajja (Shame)
Lajja (Shame)
"A fictional study of religious extremism in Bangladesh."
Shalimar The Clown
Shalimar The Clown
"Evocative, magical fiction based in Kashmir. Shalimar is an assassin bent on revenge for a long-ago infidelity."
Brick Lane
Brick Lane
"Another novel based in London, but telling the back-story of a Bangladeshi immigrant family and how they deal with life in a foreign environment."
The Inheritance of Loss
The Inheritance of Loss
"The new world pitted against the old. Told from the foothills of the Himalayas."
The Reluctant Fundamentalist
The Reluctant Fundamentalist
"Exciting and beautifully written. A Pakistani Muslim moves to America and back again after 9/11."
A Fine Balance
A Fine Balance
"1970s India. A study of caste, religion and family."
The Death of Vishnu
The Death of Vishnu
"Comedy becomes tragedy as we read the story of a man and his love affair with Padmini and Bombay."
The Namesake
The Namesake
"The story of Gogol, the son of Bengali immigrants to America, who desperately wants to hold onto his Indian heritage."
Shantaram
Shantaram
"An epic journey through India and Afghanistan."
Animal's People
Animal's People
"Animal has to live with the consequences of a American company's chemical spill in his slum."