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Heat and Dust

by Ruth Prawer Jhabvala

The beautiful, spoiled and bored Olivia, married to a civil servant, outrages society in the tiny, suffocating town of Satipur by eloping with an Indian prince. Fifty years later, her step-granddaughter goes back to the heat, the dust and the squalor of the bazaars to solve the enigma of Olivia’s scandal.

‘A superb book. A complex story line, handled with dazzling assurance . . . moving and profound. Ruth Prawer Jhabvala has not only written a love story, she has also exposed the soul and nerve ends of a fascinating and compelling country. This is a book of cool, controlled brilliance. It is a jewel to be treasured’ THE TIMES

About Ruth Prawer Jhabvala

Ruth Prawer Jhabvala has won the Booker Prize for Heat and Dust, as well as two Oscars for screenwriting (for A Room with a View and Howard's End).


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