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Top reviews for SOAS social theorist's debut novel

1 May 2013
Top book reviews for SOAS social theorist

Dr Somnath Batabyal, a Lecturer in Media and Development at SOAS, University of London has received top reviews for his recent work of fiction The Price You Pay.

The book, launched in Delhi at the Press Club of India on 18 April 2013, reveals the story of Delhi, told through the eyes of the journalists who frame it, the policemen who protect it, and the outsiders who try to claim it.

Notable historian and author of The Return of a King, William Dalrymple, said: "Somnath Batabyal looks likely to do for Delhi what Raymond Chandler did for LA,” his book is “a terrific debut: wry and witty, pacey and addictive, and held together by riffs of pitch-perfect Delhi dialogue.”

Shehan Karunatilaka: author of Chinaman: The legend of Pradip Mathew said: “The Price You Pay reveals how corruption, power games and ego clashes shape the way we respond to crime and how we report it.”

The 2012 Commonwealth Prize winner and 2011 DSC Literary Prize winner added: “Somnath Batabyal gives us an evocative and thought-provoking tour through newsrooms, copsheds, TV stations and the underbelly of modern India. Part thriller, part social critique, it is an absorbing and compelling read.”

The book is published by HarperCollins and while presently in sale only in the Indian sub-continent, its international edition will soon be available.

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