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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25 September 2020

What I'm Reading


In many ways this was a more complex layered book than Rebecca (have you read my Rebecca post yet? Link in bio or mrm.substack.com, it's the second post) but I raced through it just as fast. Began last night and would've finished last night also if I hadn't forced myself to slow down and really take it in. Several things I loved: the lack of certainty, was there a villain or wasn't there, is love really so destructive? Descriptions of gorgeous large estates in Cornwall. The nurturing relationship that can exist between two men that we rarely read about beyond a father-son context. And finally, the dialogue: I loved our cousin Rachel slowly and then suddenly, as much as the narrator did. Du Maurier was a genius, even if she was dismissed somewhat in her time for her "popular" fiction. Now I'll go back and read the spoiler-filled introduction of my copy. Lovely. #bookstagram #mrmbookclub #120in2020 #daphnedumaurier #mycousinrachel

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