Troubador A Wicked Old Woman

Released: 21/03/2018

eISBN: 9781784626532

Format: eBook

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A Wicked Old Woman


A sharply observed, witty and confident novel brimming with drama, masquerade and mischief.  

In a bustling British city, decked out with NHS specs and Oxfam coat, Kulwant masquerades behind her old woman’s disguise, taking life or leaving it as she feels inclined, seeking new adventures and venturing back into her past.  

Divorced from her husband, disapproved of by her sons, mistrusted by their wives, Kulwant makes real contact through a jigsaw of meetings: with the Punjabi Punk who dusts her down after a carefully calculated fall, with Caroline, her gregarious friend from school days, who watched over her dizzy romance with Michael the archangel; with Maya the myopic who can’t see beyond her weeping heart, and with Rani/ Rosalind who’s just killed a man...

Entertaining and provoking, complex and playful, A Wicked Old Woman is the story of the eccentric Kulwant and the lives that cross and collide with hers as her past catches up to her and starts to mix with her present. Inspired by authors such as Philip Pullman, Yann Martell and Markus Zusak, this book will appeal to fans of contemporary fiction.

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Ravinder Randhawa

Ravinder Randhawa is an acclaimed author and blogger. She was born in India, grew up in leafy Warwickshire, now lives in London; agrees with the old saying from Samuel Johnson (in a non-gender way of course) “…when a man is tired of London, he is tired of life.” Loves a really good cup of coffee and is currently into Scandi noir.

Ravinder is the author of A Wicked Old Woman, the young adult novel Beauty and the Beast and the highly praised The Coral Strand, the short story collection Dynamite and is currently working on her next novel.

She is also the founder of The Asian Women Writers Workshop (later known as the Asian Women Writer’s Collective), which published two major collections: Right of Way (1989) and Flaming Spirit (1994). The Collective’s work has been archived by South Asian Diaspora Arts Archive (SADAA) here.

A member of PEN International, Ravinder was the Royal Literary Fund Fellow at Toynbee Hall, Queen Mary’s College, University of London and St. Mary’s University

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