Win a copy of Partitions, by Amit Majmudar

Article published on December 20, 2011.


Overnight, India is torn in two. Violence erupts on both sides of the new border and waves of refugees flee the carnage and chaos.

Fighting to board the last train to Delhi, six-year-old Hindu twins Shankar and Keshav are torn from their mother’s arms. Swallowed up in the whirling human mass they begin a terrifying trek to find her again. A young Sikh woman, Simran Kaur, having escaped the honourable death planned for her by her father, dreams of a spiritual sanctuary at the temple of Amritsar. And Ibrahim Masud, a timid doctor driven from his home, treats all those along the way as he struggles towards the new state of Pakistan.

This is the story of their journeys across a ravaged land, of the acts of compassion and cruelty that shape their new lives and their new nations. A blistering debut, Partitions introduces an extraordinary new author who writes with poetic skill and unforgettable elegance.

“Magnificent… Written with piercing beauty, alive with moral passion and sorrowful insight—a rueful masterpiece.” Starred review. Kirkus Reviews

“Amit Majmudar’s exceptional debut brilliantly captures India at its most turbulent, in a dazzling narrative.” Daily Mail

The Question:

How many ribs does Shankar break in his fall?

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  1. Closing date for entries: 3rd January 2012.
  2. Open to residents of the United Kingdom only.
  3. Entry to the competition is by completion of the above form only. Anyone submitting multiple entries will be disqualified.
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