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Anita Brookner, 7 October 1982

The President’s Child 
by Fay Weldon.
Hodder, 220 pp., £6.95, September 1982, 0 340 24564 6
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Silence among the Weapons 
by John Arden.
Methuen, 343 pp., £7.95, August 1982, 0 413 49670 8
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The Facilitators, or Mister Hole-in-the-Day 
by Peter Redgrove.
Routledge, 173 pp., £6.95, September 1982, 0 7100 9214 8
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Pleasure City 
by Kamala Markandaya.
Chatto, 341 pp., £7.95, September 1982, 0 7011 2617 5
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Worldly Goods 
by Michael Korda.
Bodley Head, 347 pp., £7.95, September 1982, 0 370 30932 4
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Dutch Shea Jr 
by John Gregory Dunne.
Weidenfeld, 352 pp., £7.50, September 1982, 0 297 78164 2
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... the lasting impression they obviously bequeathed to the whole subcontinent, form the subtext of Kamala Markandaya’s Pleasure City. Imperial garrisons and stations have been succeeded by multinational conglomerates, staffed by old colonial hands, whose purpose is to build luxury hotels, opening up the coastline to the rich of all nations. It ...

The Matter of India

John Bayley, 19 March 1987

... unattractive white woman.) The theme can be seen losing its power in the cool perceptive novels of Kamala Markandaya, an Indian woman married to an Englishman. Sex, like the race with which it was so intimately connected, has now ceased almost entirely to be a hot topic for the novelist of the matter of India. It has cooled to the ...

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