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Author, Anjali Joseph:

Anjali Joseph brings to us her third novel – The Living; in praise of everyday life; illuminating its humour, beauty and truth through fluid writing and simple literature. We got in touch with her to know about the new literary offering and how it shaped up over time.

The Book
‘It is a novel about two people telling their own stories. Claire is in her thirties and lives with her sixteen-year-old son in a small town in England where she works in a shoe factory. Arun is in his sixties and makes Kolhapurichappals; he lives in Kolhapur and is married, with two grown-up sons. Claire is starting to date again after a long time; we see her going through different relationships, and figuring out what her life can be. Arun is looking back at his life – his childhood, his marriage, an affair he had, and a decade of being an alcoholic – and putting what’s happened into place with how things are now. It’s a book about work, sex, and at times, feeling like an outsider in your own life.’ 

The Inspiration
‘I just get up and write most days, unless I’m travelling. Everything feeds into the book I’m writing: the place where I’m living, the conversations I have, the books I read, the things I see and hear. Experiences – mine, and those people tell me about or which I observe – find their places in my narratives. What I enjoy about these characters is that they can surprise themselves. I wouldn’t prescribe specific emotions to my audience; but maybe of insight, amusement, sadness, yet also a sense of release.’


Text Rhea Dangwal

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