From the author of the Costa Award-winning Asha & the Spirit Bird comes a breathtaking, magical adventure ... 'I absolutely adored it ... an achingly beautiful story' SITA BRAHMACHARI'Atmospheric, dreamy, charged with wonder and menace, loss, sorrow and delight' TIMES LITERARY SUPPLEMENT'A lush, gorgeous setting in a novel as vivid and original as her Costa-winning debut.' THE GUARDIAN 'Beautifully written, richly atmospheric and touchingly spiritual, this brief novel sparkles like a polished gem' DAILY MAILTamarind never knew her Indian mum, Chinty, who died soon after she was born.
So when she arrives at her ancestral home, a huge mansion in the Himalayas surrounded by luxuriant gardens, she's full of questions for her extended family. But instead of answers, she finds an ominous silence - and a trickle of intriguing clues: an abandoned hut, a friendly monkey, a glowing star ring, and a strange girl in the garden who calls herself Ishta. Slowly, Tamarind unravels a mystery at the heart of who she is ...
Chosen by Sita Brahmachari as her book of 2020.