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HopeRoad Publishing has two new titles for you. Author Jean Goulbourne shares Jamaican tales in My Aunt and the Potted Plant and Other Stories; and Balraj Khanna, a celebrated artist, offers his captivating book The Mists of Simla about a young man’s journey following the Chinese invasion of North India.

My Aunt and the Potted Plant and Other Stories

Pictured in rural Jamaica after World War II. This set of fifteen short stories is based on the childhood experiences of Jean Goulbourne in rural Jamaica after the end of the Second World War. Written with warmth and affection, they depict not only Goulbourne’s family and her memories of the Christmases and idyllic summers of her youth, but also the local news, legends and tales that she was told as a child. In keeping with this tradition, Goulbourne writes eloquently of the lives and loves of local communities. Religion and systems of belief are at the centre of many of these stories. She depicts the experiences of those at both ends of the social scale, from AIDS victims and thieves to local magistrates and pastors.

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The Mists of Simla

Set in the sleepy town of Solan in the Himalayan foothills. The year is 1962, and young cricket-player Rahul Kapoor has just passed his final exam to enter college in Simla, in the beautiful foothills of the Himalayas.

Built by the English as their summer playground, Simla still has its Grand Hotels, faded now, echoing with sounds of the foxtrot and haunted by memsahibs in ballgowns. Since Partition in 1947, Simla society has changed, and the students are building a new India. Rahul swiftly becomes a key player on the Simla College scene; as he sets off on his rites of passage, he finds the way strewn with beautiful women. What can a young man do, but to call on Lord Krishna, the Divine Lover, to help him when things get hot hot hot?

Set in turbulent times, during the Chinese invasion of North India, The Mists of Simla is a captivating story, often achingly funny, full of narrow escapes and some tears, as one young man strides out onto the cricket field of adult life.

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