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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19 April 2021

What I'm Reading

In an attempt to distract myself from all the disasters happening in this country at this moment, I'm declaring it Children's Book Week on this page and every day for the next week, I will post a favourite kids book. I love children's books so much, I reread all mine frequently and constantly as an adult, so this week is also a celebration for people like us: Grown Ups Who Like Kids' Books. All of these are also very fun to reread now but they may not always be super easy to get as a lot of mine are out of print. Not this one though! Even though I still haven't found book two of Eve Garnett's delightful adventures of the Ruggles family, I've read book one (this one) and book three (Holiday At The Dew Drop Inn) enough to fill in the gaps. The Ruggles children age from Lily Rose, the oldest, about 13, all the way down to baby William, but we are mainly concerned with the oldest four children, two girls, two boys (twins.) They're not rich, Mrs Ruggles is a washerwoman, her husband is a garbage collector and Garnett wrote these books to illustrate how poor children lived, and yet, they're not grim or sad. Instead there's an abundance of adventures and a lot of love, so you feel safe and comforted by the books in the best possible way. RIYL stories about large families, small towns in England. #minnareadschildrensbooks #kidsbookweek #bookstagram #mrmbookclub #evegarnett #thefamilyononeendstreet

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