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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26 October 2020

What I'm Reading


Been in a bit of a reading rut recently so I was surprised that I finished this French translated true crime in just one afternoon. Just now in fact. I was reminded of this Netflix documentary I just saw--super interesting--called An American Murder. And at the end they say more than 60% or some shockingly high number of children killed by their parents are killed by their fathers. And then I started to think about this other book by Helen Dunmore about the trial of this man also arrested for killing his children. The Adversary is about the same sort of guy, Jean Claude, who just ups and kills his entire family one day: wife, children, parents. And then his whole web of lies starts to collapse. Made me think about our fascination with killers, why do we want to keep poking at them and figuring out why they do it? It also made me think about lies and why humans tell them. Fascinating book but left me a little unsatisfied, which I can't explain to you without spoilers so go ahead and read it yourself! #truecrime #emmanuelcarrère #bookstagram #mrmbookclub #120in2020

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