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2.67  ·  Rating details ·  27 ratings  ·  16 reviews
Drama. Masquerade. Mischief.

A sharply observed, witty and confident novel. Linguistically playful, entertaining and provoking.

In a bustling British city, Kulwant mischievously masquerades as a much older woman, using her walking stick like a Greek chorus, ‘…stick-leg-shuffle-leg-shuffle…’ encountering new adventures and getting bruised by the jagged edges of her life. Ther
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Paperback, 242 pages
Published October 28th 2015 by Matador (first published August 5th 1987)
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Alison Lane
Apr 22, 2018 rated it liked it
To be honest I found this book confusing. The story jumped about a bit too much and apart from Kuli and Caroline the relationships between the other characters could have had a bit more of an explanation as to how they were linked to each other at the start of the story.
Becky
Feb 16, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: general-fiction
I loved the concepts of the books and much of it was both really interesting and well written. However as others have commented this was a tad too literary for me - I desperately needed a bit more sign posting for both the time frame and whose voice we were hearing!
Beth (bibliobeth)
Dec 03, 2015 rated it liked it
Three and a half stars from me!

After reading the synopsis of this novel, I was immediately intrigued and when invited to take part in a blog tour for the author, Ravinder Randhawa, I knew it was a story I had to read. Fiction about India has always been a bit of a passion of mine, whether set in India or in another country, usually England in my experiences. It encompasses a wide range of characters, all of whom have very different outlooks on what it has meant to be someone of Indian culture li
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Zoe Plant
Nov 06, 2015 rated it liked it
I know about you, but when I read the blurb of this book I had many images of scandal, woman-power and cultures I know very little about. The book is the entwined stories of several Indian women living in London, focusing on the everyday struggles they face within the community, family and their Indian culture. Personally, it really opened me up to how people who weren’t originally born in England, struggled to adapt themselves around a new way of living, in addition to juggling their family and ...more
Rosy
Nov 20, 2015 rated it liked it
This review was written for The Review Diaries
You can read the full review here

This review was written for the 'A Wicked Old Woman' blog tour

That blurb had me thoroughly intrigued from the outset, and whilst this is an intriguing novel it is a very different beast to the one I was expecting when I started reading.

The novel is a jumbled collection of characters and situations, story threads and backstory that takes a while to untangle so you can see the pattern clearly, and whilst I think this ma
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Meghan
Nov 30, 2015 rated it it was ok
An intriguing story, but difficult for me to read/follow. I enjoyed the background and premise of the story, but I was confused many times while reading the book. I am not sure if it was the writing style, format or just the moving around between the characters and whether she was in disguise, reflecting on an event, or herself, but I had to re-read sections of the book many times to make sure I was following the events and people. Once I re-read and knew I was following the section though I enj ...more
Ninnytendo
Nov 16, 2015 rated it liked it
I received a copy of the book for free to read and review. On reading the summary on the back I was very intrigued and looking forward to reading it as it sounded very interesting. Unfortunately I found it quite hard to follow the story as it moves between the past and present and jumps around different characters so sometimes I got confused about where the action was taking place and who the author was talking about. I also found the language used hard to get into and sometimes it put me off co ...more
Faye {Daydreaming_Star}
Apr 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
Ten Reasons to Read A Wicked Old Woman

It is full of beautiful imagery.

It moves between the past and the present perfectly.

It is full of lively, vibrant and interesting characters.

It paints a unique and intriguing image of what it is like being Asian in England.

It is a thought-provoking and interesting read.

With such beautiful and vivid descriptions, it was a very aromatic and atmospheric read that pulls you straight into it’s own world.

As a non-Indian, it was a very eye-opening and intriguing no
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Sophie Narey (Bookreview- aholic)
Published: 28/10/2015
Author: Ravinder Randhawa

I received a copy of this book for free through Goodreads FirstReads competition.

When I read the description of the novel I immediately thought it was my kind of book 'Drama. Masquerade, Mischief' sounds like it has all the elements I love in a novel.

However when I started to read the book it just didn't manage to keep hold of my attention very well. It is very well written however it just feels like it is lacking something. It is a rather hard book
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Shelly
I was invited to read A Wicked Old Woman by Ravinder Randhawa for a blog tour. Immediately I knew it would be different than I expected. The narrative style left me detached from the stories of Kulwant and the other woman struggling through a sort of divided existence. It also left me confused. The author used too many pronouns and since the cast is mostly women I rarely knew who she was talking about. I feel that it is an important story for all women and it has some really strong statements ab ...more
Sarah Ismail
Apr 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Kuli and her stick-leg-shuffle-leg-shuffle are accompanied by an unforgettable cast of poets, writers, readers and people with mental health difficulties. This book explores themes from racism to romance and adds in some writing- all in flashbacks.

A book I will remember for a long time to come. Highly recommended to those looking for a fun read with a serious side.
Susan Crosswaite
Oct 16, 2015 rated it it was ok
I received this book free from Goodreads giveaways and, from the synopsis on the back of the book, was really looking forward to reading it. Unfortunately, although I did manage to plough my way through it, I found it extremely confusing and struggled to remember who all the different characters were and how they were related.
Elizabeth Grieve
Jan 15, 2016 rated it it was ok
I liked the premise of this, but found it hard to get into. I abandoned and returned to it several times but found it too confusing. There may be a good story in there, but I'm afraid I could not persevere long enough to find it.

Review of an online copy from the publisher.
Alliyah
Feb 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
A funny, honest, quick and important read. But it's also quite confusing at times, which it makes it hard to figure out who was related to who, and which voice was narrating at the time. Other than that, I really enjoyed this.
Naomi
GOODREADS GIVEAWAY WIN.

Review to follow.x
Gillian
May 23, 2016 rated it it was ok
I normally enjoy books and stories by Indian authors, but this one wow, I found it hard to get into. I left it and returned to it often but found it confusing.
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Ravinder was born in India, grew up in England, and lives in London. Loves books, great coffee and is a Shakespeare groupie.