Kirsty Dunseath at Weidenfeld has struck a significant, pre-emptive deal for an Indian debut novel that is getting a level of pre-publication interest reminiscent of that for Arundhati Roy's The God of Small Things. Sarita Mandanna, author of TIGER HILLS (May 2010), is represented by Roy's agent David Godwin, who says: 'Tiger Hills is one of the most wonderful debut novels I have read. It is a unique combination of masterful writing and a thrilling, and emotional, story. It literally moved me to tears.' In India, rights in the novel went to Penguin for the highest advance the company had ever paid.
Tiger Hills is set in India between the late 19th century and the outbreak of the Second World War. Dunseath says: 'The novel combines stunning descriptions with a fast-paced plot that has the epic feel of The Thorn Birds or A Suitable Boy. We believe Sarita Mandanna is a real star in the making.' Mandanna, born in Coorg, works in private equity in New York.