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The Coral Strand

2.67  ·  Rating details ·  9 Ratings  ·  7 Reviews
From English winters to Indian summers. From the cold streets of modern Britain to the glamorous, turbulent and impassioned world of 1940’s Mumbai.

Each year, Sita makes a mysterious journey to the Mausoleum, the place of dark memories and warped beginnings. She goes to spy on Emily and Champa, the strange ‘guardians’ she once escaped, and on whom she had taken a daring rev
Paperback, 300 pages
Published February 28th 2016 by Troubador Publishing Ltd
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Maya Panika
May 25, 2016 rated it did not like it
The blurb made this book sound so intriguing: a tale spanning British India and 1990s London; a runaway teen of unknown heritage; a cache of lost - or stolen -jewels; mysterious goings on in a house called The Mausoleum - I was so excited when I first turned the page, but from the off, it was like wading through mud. It is not just that it is densely written but it is (I’m really sorry to judge any novel so harshly but I feel it is true) very badly written. The story darts about through time and ...more
I feel a bit guilty for what I'm about to say, because I'm sure the author tried very hard, but everything about this book is terrible. The writing (especially the dialogue; conversations mostly consist of one non-sequitur after another), the plot (which is incomprehensible at first and then just dumb and unrealistic – I'm trying to avoid spoilers, but a major revelation involves a character having been tortured in a hidden room for fifty years which is just ridiculous), the characters (who gene ...more
Elizabeth Moffat
Feb 25, 2016 rated it liked it
Three and a half stars from me!

I first came upon Ravinder Randhawa's writing when a blogger friend Faye, from A Daydreamer's Thoughts (who is also a freelance PR) asked me if I would be interested in reading her book A Wicked Old Woman - check out my thoughts on the book HERE. Now one of Ravinder's other titles, The Coral Strand has recently been released here in the UK by Troubador Publishing and I was delighted to receive a copy in the post so that I could compare and contrast the two. Many th
Feb 15, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2016, arc, netgalley

Sadly, this book just didn't work out for me. The transitions from present to past tense were less than smooth, the telling of the story was chaotic, and the pacing and sequence of scenes was disjointed and therefore difficult to follow.
Apr 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: general-fiction
I absolutely loved this book, even though I’ve struggled a little with some of the author’s other work.

The Coral Strand has a densely intertwined plot, set both in modern day London and India just before independence. The female characters are strongly written, I enjoyed Sita’s story but I particularly loved how you come to see Emily as such a complicated character, not just a simple villain.

The work is obviously deeply involved in questions of colonialism and immigration, but I also really enjo
Sarah Ismail
Jun 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
1990s London- the place of my childhood- meets 1940s India in a very well-written historical novel. As these two very different periods in history are explored through the eyes of strong, independent female protagonists, secrets are spilled and revealed.

There is something in this novel for every reader, whether British, Asian or both. Every reader will go back in time with Sita, Champa and Emily and every reader, from the children of 1997 to the children of 1940, will find something they recogni
Mar 25, 2016 rated it really liked it
The Coral Strand flits back and forth between Thatcher's Britain and 1940's Mumbai following the history of 4 very different but determined women and their intertwined lives.
It was a very interesting novel, i personally think more could have been made of the character known as The Girl however all in all it was a worthwhile read.

Thanks to the publisher for the ARC.
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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.
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