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Writer's Reads: Jini Reddy, author of Wanderland – A Search for Magic in the Landscape

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Writer's Reads: Jini Reddy, author of Wanderland – A Search for Magic in the Landscape
22 Feb
2021
Jini Reddy is the author of the acclaimed Wanderland: A Search for Magic in the Landscape. Reviewed by Geographical in October 2020, the book was shortlisted for the Wainwright Prize. Here, Jini shares some life-affirming and thrilling reads

The Overstory

The Overstory • Richard Powers • 2018

I’ve never read a novel about the wisdom of trees that speaks so powerfully from the trees’ perspective. Th e characters come from diverse backgrounds, racially and culturally, which resonated with me. 

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Kindred

Kindred • Octavia E. Butler • 1979

I read this recently and it blew me away. The protagonist is a young black woman who fi nds herself pulled back in time to a slave plantation in 19th century Maryland. A genre-defying, much-laurelled masterpiece. 

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Alone in antarctica

Alone in Antarctica • Felicity Aston • 2013

I’m a big fan of polar explorer Felicity – a woman familiar to Geographical’s readers! She writes eloquently, and with insight and heart, about the realities of finding yourself alone in a harsh, beautiful environment. 

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the horse boy

The Horse Boy • Rupert Isaacson • 2009

A deeply moving story about a family’s desperate desire to help their autistic son find peace and healing. The journey takes them to the wilds of Mongolia and the home of a renowned shaman.

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anne of green gables

Anne of Green Gables • Lucy Maud Montgomery • 1908

I grew up in Canada, what can I say? I lapped up these tales of a sparky orphaned girl growing up on Prince Edward Island.

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Around the world in 80 trains

Around India in 80 Trains • Monisha Rajesh • 2012

Until I came across this book, I’d only read train-travel narratives written by white men who too often seemed to hanker after the days of Empire. As a woman with Indian ancestry, I found Monisha’s book wonderfully relatable.

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where the crawdads sing

Where the Crawdad's Sing • Delia Owens • 2018

An ode to the healing power of nature and a bittersweet tale of a girl who has been forced to survive alone in the marshes near a town on the North Carolina coast. 

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the romantics a novel

The Romantics • Pankaj Mishra • 1999

An evocative and beautifully written coming-of-age novel set in Benares. I was fascinated by the East-meets-West encounters. 

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