Silent treatment - son
Caught in the act - neighbours
How to say it - 'no'
Meera Syal, one of our most acclaimed actors and writers of stage and screen, addresses the topical themes of late parenthood and surrogacy in this powerful new novel about female friendship, motherhood and love.
Little India, East London: Shyama, aged forty-four, has fallen for a younger man. They want a child together. Meanwhile, in a rural village in India, young Mala, trapped in an oppressive marriage, dreams of escape.
When Shyama and Mala meet, they help each other realise their dreams. But will fate guarantee them both happiness?
Brimming with warmth, wit and indignation, Meera Syal immerses us in a devastating story of friendship, family and the lengths women will go to have a child.
Meera Syal, CBE, starred in the hit series The Kumars at No. 42 and recently in the BBC film of David Walliams’ The Boy in the Dress. She is currently in David Hare’s play, Behind the Beautiful Forevers at the National Theatre, and in the latest series of Broadchurch.
Meera is also highly regarded for her funny, sharp and provocative fiction. Her earlier novels are Anita and Me (a national curriculum set text) and Life Isn’t All Ha Ha Hee Hee. The House of Hidden Mothers is her long-awaited third novel. She lives in London.
The House of Hidden Mothers is published in hardback by Doubleday on 4 June 2015 priced £14.99
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