A powerful and gripping novel that sweeps the reader from modern-day Britain to the Punjab in the 1960s and back again in a ceaseless cycle of tragedy and conflict.
1950s Punjab - a secret affair goes terribly wrong and the bride commits suicide after her lover is attacked by her family. The two families part in violence and conflict.
2004 Leicester - Rani and Sukh fall in love, unaware of the terrible legacy of the past and the conflict between their two families-Can tragedy be averted or will the two young people be able to escape the cycle of violence and draw the families together for the future?
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Gritty, urban, streetwise story shot through acerbic wit and compassionate humour like letters through candy rock, empowering and investing hope in young people to create their own future while respecting their past - The School Librarian
This bitter-sweet story hurtles towards its inevitable conclusion, which is both frustratingly honest and overwhelmingly powerful. It is a heart-wrenching love story that will exert its power over you long after the book is finished - The Bookseller
Rai's snappily-written dialogue and stream-of-consciousness narrative create a vivid, fast-moving take on the Romeo & Juliet story - Booktrust
This is a novel which challenges assumptions abour race, gender roles and family loyalties - Irish Times
It is well executed with convincing dialogue, humour and lively and believable main characters acting as teenagers of today do - Inis
Bali Rai is a new author to Corgi. Having grown up in the heart of Leicester's Sikh community, he went to London to study politics. He has since returned to his home town and currently manages a city centre bar. (UN)ARRANGED MARRIAGE is his debut novel.