THE BOOK OF PEOPLE: TEN LIFE TALES FROM INDIA

BOP CoverDuring the early nineties when he studied journalism, Josh came across a thick tome called Up in the Old Hotel. He hadn’t heard of the writer Joseph Mitchell. India wasn’t quite familiar with Mitchell or John McPhee or long-form journalism.

His dream of coming up with something remotely resembling to the master writer’s quality led him to write TBOP. Indian writers are yet to explore the possibilities of looking at this vast and deep weave of cultures through the tradition of a humane literary reportage.

The Book of People: Ten life tales from India is a collection of true life stories of ten unknown Indians: a boatman, a masseuse, a vegan cook, a life guard, a roof thatcher and more. In the sparing style of Mitchell laced with insights reminding of Naipual, this book delivers what it promises.

Praise for ‘The Book of People’:

“Josh certainly enchants us with his detailed and exquisitely written portraits of ordinary Indians living quite extraordinary lives. TIMERI N MURARI, Author of The Taliban Cricket Club

Charming, unusual, poignant, and magical, Joshua Newton artfully weaves together travel, history, and legend—all without guile—reminding us once again why India is one of the world’s greatest storytelling cultures. GURCHARAN DAS, Author of The Difficulty of Being Good and India Unbound

This beautiful book contains far more than the story of ten lives. It contains the story of life itself — its mystery, its poetry, its tragedy. A gem of a book! AKASH KAPUR, Author of India Becoming: A Portrait of Life in Modern India

A book that reveals the endless possibilities offered to a writer by everyday life. Subtly woven and very well written indeed. JAISHREE MISRA, Author of Ancient Promises and A Scandalous Secret

A book of poignant and sparkling vignettes depicting many facets of life. Detailed and poetic! GAIL OMVEDT, Author, scholar, sociologist

Josh’s evocative stories paint extraordinary portraits of ‘ordinary’ people from a colorful and vibrant region of India. RAJU NARISETTI, Founding Editor, Mint

A splendid debut. ANIRUDDHA BAHAL, Author and cofounder of Tehelka.com

The Book of People announces the arrival of the newest talent in narrative nonfiction from the subcontinent. S PRASANNARAJAN, Editor-at-large, India Today

Newton is a painstaking hunter of the great literary game: the magic of the ordinary. A great effort! C P SURENDRAN, Poet, novelist, and Chief Editor of Daily News & Analysis 

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