Coromandel Sea Change

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Pan Macmillan, Nov 21, 2011 - Fiction - 280 pages
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Blaise and Mary arrive at Patna Hall, a hotel on India’s shimmering Coromandel coast, to spend part of their honeymoon. Patna Hall is as beautiful and timeless as India itself, ruled over firmly and wise by proprietor Auntie Sanni. For Mary it feels strangely like home.

In a week that will change the young couple’s destiny, election fever grips the Southern Indian state and Mary falls under the spell of the people, the country – and Krishnan, godlike candidate for the Root and Flower party . . .

‘A sense of timelessness reminiscent of E.M. Forster . . . social comedy slowly spirals into personal tragedy’ The Times

‘The prose is as simple and luminous as the fantasy it elaborates . . . an interlude of exoticism and sensuous pleasure’ Independent on Sunday

‘Sheer enjoyment’ Guardian

‘The miracle of this book is Godden’s genius for storytelling’ Evening Standard


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I had hoped to like this one more but sadly didn't. I can't quite put my finger on why but it may come from my own dislike of hot, humid, tropical climates. I suspect that colored my feeling for a story set in one. Read full review

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I wasn't expecting to really love this book, but now that I have finished it, I actually want to reread it. There is enough going on the surface for anyone to enjoy it, but then there is another layer ... Read full review

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Rumer Godden was one of Britain's most distinguished authors, with many justly famous and much-loved books for both adults and children to her credit, including The River, Black Narcissus, The Greengage Summer and The Peacock Spring. She was awarded the OBE in 1993 and died in 1998, aged ninety.

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