About Soumya Bhattacharya

Soumya Bhattacharya is the Editor of Hindustan Times, Mumbai. He is the author of four books. His books about how cricket defines India, You Must Like Cricket? and All That You Can’t Leave Behind, were published to wide international acclaim. His novel, If I Could Tell You, was a finalist for the Hindu Best Fiction Award 2010. He is the author, most recently, of the fatherhood memoir, Dad’s the Word. His fiction, essays and reviews have appeared in the New York Times, Granta, the Guardian, the Independent, New Statesman, and the Sydney Morning Herald.

I enjoyed many more books this year than I can possibly list, but the following – as with all lists – is selective and subjective. Books on the list are not necessarily ones that were published in 2013; rather, they are books I enjoyed reading this year. [Read more]

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The cover of Sebastian Faulks’s Jeeves and the Wedding Bells proclaims this return of the inimitable Jeeves-Wooster duo – a book commissioned by the Wodehouse estate – as “homage to PG Wodehouse”. [Read more]

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Cricket fans love making lists. Often, the lists are as eclectic as they are fanciful. Which is your all-time best XI comprising only No. 4 batsmen? How about the best leg spinners to have never played for Dunedin? We are indefatigable. We can make lists of anything, but few things make our eyes light up more than a list of great Test hundreds. [Read more]

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Solo, William Boyd’s James Bond novel, opens at the Dorchester hotel in London, where 007 is celebrating his 45th birthday on his own and in style. [Read more]

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French novelist and screenwriter Pierre Lemaitre’s Alex opens with the brutal kidnapping of a 30-year-old woman as she is walking home after dinner on a mild Paris evening. [Read more]

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