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The House of Hidden Mothers Audiobook

The House of Hidden Mothers

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Publisher's Summary

Little India, East London: Shyama, aged forty-four, has fallen for a younger man. They want a child together.

Meanwhile, in a rural village in India, young Mala, trapped in an oppressive marriage, dreams of escape.

When Shyama and Mala meet, they help each other realise their dreams. But will fate guarantee them both happiness?

Brimming with warmth, wit and indignation, Meera Syal immerses us in a devastating story of friendship, family and the lengths a woman will go to have a child.

The House of Hidden Mothers is her long-awaited third novel and shows Meera Syal at the height of her literary powers. Meera Syal, CBE, is one of our most acclaimed actors and writers of stage and screen. She starred in the hit series The Kumars at No. 42 and recently in the BBC film of David Walliams' The Boy in the Dress. She is currently in David Hare's play Behind the Beautiful Forevers at the National Theatre and in the latest series of Broadchurch.

Meera Syal is also highly regarded for her funny, sharp and provocative fiction. Her earlier novels are Anita and Me and Life Isn't All Ha Ha Hee Hee (now available as a reissue). The House of Hidden Mothers is her long-awaited new novel.

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What the Critics Say

"Dazzling. Intense and gritty at times, sparkling and hilarious at others. I found it absorbing, witty, joyous and moving...and that's all I really want from a book!' (Jo Brand)

"Brilliant. It is destined to be a best seller. There is so much in it too. Beautiful writing, human frailty, love, vanity, friendship - but most importantly the shocking reminder of how women are abused the world over." (Esther Freud)

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    Fiona Woodall 23/07/2015
    Fiona Woodall 23/07/2015 Member Since 2010
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    "A great read perfect"

    Funny gentle and heartbreaking
    A clash of Indian cultures and great female character's. Makes me want to see Delhi

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Rajinder Kaur Atwal 05/12/2015 Member Since 2015
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    "a fantastic novel. the characters feel real"

    I loved this audio book. I have read both of Meera Syal's previous books and have found her to be perceptive, witty and real. She does not shy away from addressing difficult subjects. Yet, she manages to do it without sounding preachy or judgemental. The characters are so well written that you can imagine them as real life people. I was blown away by the quality of her writing.

    The narration is brilliant and engaging. She brings the characters to life. Listening to it on audio for people who are unfamiliar with Punjabi or Hindi, is probably useful as it helps to hear the pronunciations.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    hashina 01/10/2015
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    "moving"

    I loved this story. I found it very honest and moving and hard to take in some places and devastating in others.
    narration was fantastic but it would have been good to have a note to state when it changed between the women in the story.
    recommend the book unless you are struggling to conceive as the emotions are very realistic !

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    JGO Bangalore 20/09/2015
    JGO Bangalore 20/09/2015 Member Since 2015
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    "The dark side of feminine angst - told with wit"
    Where does The House of Hidden Mothers rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Among top 20


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Nothing at all. The story was authentic and honestly told although unbelievable in parts and predictable in some others


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    When you do not know just how the climax would come about , the story really takes an about turn and surprises you.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    It resonated with some of my struggles and it moved me so much that i had to pause for long moments inorder not to miss the story.


    Any additional comments?

    I liked the way all characters are adequately represented from their own perspective. It takes tremendous maturity for the story teller to be telling the perspective fromone everyone's angle.

    Meera Syal rendering the story as well as authoring it made the difference. Her narration was brilliant.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Ravencourt10 28/08/2015
    Ravencourt10 28/08/2015 Member Since 2015
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    "Didnt want it to end"
    Where does The House of Hidden Mothers rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Probably one of the best one that I've read so far. Would give it 6 stars!!


    What does Meera Syal bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    She reads it with such warmth and humour


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Inhospitable womb


    Any additional comments?

    The story had humour, pathos and a fascinating insight into the different cultures

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    T. North 14/07/2015
    T. North 14/07/2015 Member Since 2014
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    "Couldn't stop reading"

    Excellent read. Well developed characters and the story kept your interest the whole time. Thought provoking

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Rebecca Melton Mowbray, United Kingdom 12/07/2015
    Rebecca Melton Mowbray, United Kingdom 12/07/2015 Member Since 2016
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    "Do not narrate your own book"

    Good book, being Married to a man 16 years my junior, having a child of my own and never wanting another, it was an insight into what might of happened if I (or he) had craved another. The book is good, I had no idea that India was the capital of surrogacy. I loved it but did not enjoy Meera's Narration. I have read all Meera's books rather than listened and will read this book now as I know I will get more from it without narration.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Angela J Bailey 24/07/2016 Member Since 2014
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    "First book I've listened to from Meera and this song be the last"

    This was such a different genre of book for me, as I've always enjoyed Meera Syal's TV work I thought I'd give this a whirl.

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book...

    There are twists and turns and many surprises.

    This is a wonderful read and will certainly be reading more like this.

    Thank you for your recommendations Amazon!

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