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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13 November 2020

What I'm Reading

Despite or actually BECAUSE the eponymous hero of this book is possibly the most unlikable female character I've ever read, I couldn't put this book down. Elizabeth Taylor (not the movie star) has gone somewhat out of fashion but wowww, reading this book felt like reading about the Worst Version of Myself. We meet Angel at age 15, difficult and isolated, convinced she's going to be the next big thing in literature. And she actually manages to publish a book which the public loves while the critics pan. After this, she continues living her life exactly on her own obnoxious terms, ending with becoming an old lady wearing ragged ball gowns in a derelict mansion surrounded by Persian cats all the while thinking she is just unappreciated in her time. A bit TOO close to home there, Elizabeth. Read it, you'll be intrigued and irritated and sympathetic all in one paragraph. #bookstagram #mrmbookclub #120in2020 #elizabethtaylor

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