Paperbacks: The Village, By Nikita Lalwani
Arifa Akbar is literary editor of The Independent and i newspapers. She has worked at The Independent since 2001 as a news reporter and arts correspondent before joining the books desk in 2009. She was a judge for the Orwell Prize for books 2013, and the Fiction Uncovered Prize 2014, and is currently judging the Aesthetica Magazine new writing prize.
Friday 24 May 2013
As difficult second albums go, this is a fine follow-up to Lalwani's feted debut novel, which shows the growth of an elegant young talent.
Set in an Indian open prison, the focus is not only on the lives of incarcerated families but also the British film-making team who want to 'tell their stories'. The protagonist is caught between the ruthless ambition to make high-octane TV that her colleagues embody, and to protect the villagers from cheap, telegenic voyeurism. Deservedly picked by Fiction Uncovered as a "best read".
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