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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10 June 2021

What I'm Reading

Another book by the "other" Elizabeth Taylor (the first one I read was Angel which you will find if you scroll to November of last year.) Recently to my great joy, I've been reading more and more books about the experiences of being old (The Thursday Murder Club is one such example and that was sweet and forgettable.) After reading this, written in the 70s, I actually got really angry that this author is "the other Elizabeth Taylor" when really we should be calling the actor that. Mrs Palfrey At The Claremont is the story of Mrs Palfrey, a woman who looks like a distinguished man, a general in drag, and her moving into the Claremont Hotel, which has a residential package for the elderly. Without condescending or being too mean, Taylor gently skewers all of humanity but so lovingly that you're shaking your head going "ah yes." Lots of moments that make you smile to yourself, and equally lots of moments that are so sad. I finished it last night and all I wanted to do was think about it and talk about it so please read it and let's DISCUSS. #bookstagram #mrmbookclub #121in2021 #elizabethtaylor #mrspalfreyattheclaremont

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