Review Tour: A Wicked Old Woman by Ravinder Randhawa
6 November, 2015
Today is my stop on the A Wicked Old Woman review tour and so I’m here today to tell you Ten Reasons you should read this books!
Drama. Masquerade. Mischief.
A sharply observed, witty and confident novel. Linguistically playful, entertaining and provoking.
In a bustling British city, Kulwant mischievously masquerades as a much older woman, using her walking stick like a Greek chorus, ‘…stick-leg-shuffle-leg-shuffle…’ encountering new adventures and getting bruised by the jagged edges of her life. There’s the Punjabi punk who rescues her after a carefully calculated fall; Caroline, her gregarious friend from school days, who watched over her dizzy romance with ‘Michael the Archangel’, Maya the myopic who can’t see beyond her broken heart and Rani/Rosalind, who’s just killed a man …
Vividly bringing to life a bit of the 60s, 70s and 80s.
It moves between the past and the present perfectly.
It is full of lively, vibrant and interesting characters.
It paints a unique and intriguing image of what it is like being Asian in England.
It is a thought-provoking and interesting read.
With such beautiful and vivid descriptions, it was a very aromatic and atmospheric read that pulls you straight into it’s own world.
As a non-Indian, it was a very eye-opening and intriguing novel to read, a perfect insight into how different cultures can be.
The pace worked really well throughout the novel, just keeping you curious enough to keep turning the page and seeing what would happen next.
It was written in a very fascinating and unique way, especially as it jumped through the different time periods.
It is a book that has a beautiful cover that perfectly illustrates the beautiful writing and story inside.
Ravinder Randhawa is the acclaimed author of the novels Beauty and the Beast (YA), A Wicked Old Woman, The Tiger’s Smile and the short story collection Dynamite. She’s currently working on a trilogy: The Fire-Magician. Ravinder was a Royal Literary Fund Fellow at Toynbee Hall, Queen Mary’s University, the University of London, and founded the Asian Women Writer’s Collective.
Ravinder was born in India, grew up in leafy Warwickshire, now lives in London and agrees with Samuel Johnson’s saying (though of course, in a gender non-specific way) ‘…if a man is tired of London, he is tired of life.’ Loves good coffee and really good thrillers.