My latest book is The One Who Swam With The Fishes.

"A mesmerizing account of the well-known story of Matsyagandha ... and her transformation from fisherman’s daughter to Satyavati, Santanu’s royal consort and the Mother/Progenitor of the Kuru clan." - Hindustan Times

"Themes of fate, morality and power overlay a subtle and essential feminism to make this lyrical book a must-read. If this is Madhavan’s first book in the Girls from the Mahabharata series, there is much to look forward to in the months to come." - Open Magazine

"A gleeful dollop of Blytonian magic ... Reddy Madhavan is also able to tackle some fairly sensitive subjects such as identity, the love of and karmic ties with parents, adoption, the first sexual encounter, loneliness, and my favourite, feminist rage." - Scroll



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9 February 2018

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You probably can't read the title because this copy of one of my all time favorite books in the whole WORLD is so beat up, held together by ancient pieces of sticky tape. But yes, eagle eyed reader, it IS The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Age 13 and 3/4ths. Plus two other volumes of his life. I forget when I got this. Definitely a birthday present, definitely early teens. I've read it a zillion times since, plus his later life which I didn't find half so funny. I think all geeky self important teens WERE Adrian Mole, so I couldn't laugh at him the first time round but on rereading now I also find it a little sad. Isn't that odd? #bookstagram #mrmbookclub #nowreading

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