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Sunjeev Sahota

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Summer Reads: Hannah Kent, Caleb Azumah Nelson, Sunjeev Sahota and Aravind Adiga

The Bookshelf

Kate and Cassie read Hannah Kent's Devotion; RN's Daniel Browning reads Caleb Azumah Nelson's Open Water; novelist Rashida Murphy reads Sunjeev Sahota's China Room; and novelist Aravind Adiga on Australian fiction


21 Jan 2022

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In China Room, Sunjeev Sahota reimagines a family legend

Writers and Company from CBC Radio

Inspired by a story about his great-grandmother, the British writer's evocative new novel, which is longlisted for the 2021 Booker Prize, explores themes of belonging, oppression and the pursuit of freedom as it alternates between 1929 India and 1999 Britain.


12 Sep 2021

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The Importance of Staring into Space - Sunjeev Sahota

The Shit No One Tells You About Writing

In today's Books with Hooks segment, Carly and CeCe discuss how paranormal stories are making a comeback; having YA characters sound like, and have the emotionality of,  teenagers; the difference between loud and quiet novels; always focusing on what’s happening in the present; who is allowed to tell which stories;  and avoiding starting stories that begin with surrender as that doesn't invoke curiosity. CeCe is also forced to eat her words of advice given in a previous episode! After which, Bianca chats with the award-winning author of China Room, Sunjeev Sahota, about finding your writing groove; coming up with your own process that works for you; the importance of staring into space; and why chasing a changing definition of success can be dangerous. 

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9 Sep 2021

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Kamila Shamsie and Sunjeev Sahota: Authorship and Writing Histories


China Room by Sunjeev Sahota is the story of Mehar, a young bride in rural 1929 Punjab, and that of a young man who in 1999 travels from England to the now-deserted farm, its china room locked and barred. To celebrate its publication and being longlisted for the Booker Prize 2021, in this episode, Ted Hodgkinson talks to Kamila Shamsie and Sunjeev Sahota about China Room, authorship, writing histories, and more.You can find out more about China Room by Sunjeev Sahota here: https://bit.ly/33lucwPYou can find out more about Kamila Shamsie's books here: https://bit.ly/3DQbDBFFollow us on Twitter @vintagebooks ᛫ Sign up to the Vintage newsletter to hear all about our new releases, see exclusive extracts and win prizes: sign up here ᛫ Music by puremusicSee acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.


5 Sep 2021

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Pandemic Reading, Sunjeev Sahota, Indian Fiction, Modern Love, Ted Lasso and Why We Hate Riverdale

The Eat, Watch and Binge Read Podcast

In Episode 20 of the EWBR Podcast, Anisha & Dhruv discuss Anisha's latest foray into the saucy older woman/younger man trope, The Idea of You, by Robinne Lee (pure pandemic escapism, apparently). Then we have two solid Indian/origin works of contemporary fiction: (1) The Year of the Runaways, by Booker nominee Sunjeev Sahota (we can't wait to read China Room!), which deals with the plight of immigrant works in Sheffield. What happens when the English class system runs smack bang into the Indian caste system and its prejudices? (2) Neel Mukherjee's devastatingly beautiful "The Lives of Others", which follows the decline of the previously well off Ghosh family. Calcutta, Marxism, Politics, Family Ties and Changing the World. On the watch front we both have a bit of a (therapeutic) rant about the travesty that is Riverdale (UGH). A bit of love for Modern Love, especially the season 1 episode titled "At the Hospital, an Interlude of Clarity". Some beautiful Richard Linklater-esque vibes there - so, so lovely. Finally, views on Ted Lasso season 2 as well as a throwback to our short stories episode. Listen in now!--- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app--- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/eatwatchbingeread/message


29 Aug 2021

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Desi Books Ep 31 w/ Sunjeev Sahota & Gayatri Sethi

Desi Books

In today’s episode, we have Sunjeev Sahota in the #DesiCraftChat segment. He’ll be discussing his latest novel, China Room, which is out now And we have Dr. Gayatri Sethi sharing some favorite books in the #FiveDesiFaves segment. Her hybrid memoir, Unbelonging, is out now. And there are some quick updates about new things to come with Desi Books. The episode transcript with all the links will be up in a few days at http://desibooks.co. Thank you for listening. Twitter: @DesiBooks Instagram: @desi.books Facebook: @desibooksfb Website: https://desibooks.co Email: hellodesibooks@gmail.com--- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/desibooks/support


16 Aug 2021

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Three novels of seclusion: by Mark Brandi, Sunjeev Sahota, Patrick McGrath

The Bookshelf

Writers Rashida Murphy (The Historian's Daughter) and Michael Winkler (Grimmish) join Kate and Cassie as they read and review Mark Brandi's The Others, Sunjeev Sahota's China Room and Patrick McGrath's Last Days in Cleaver Square


23 Jul 2021

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Sunjeev Sahota, CHINA ROOM: A Novel

Moms Don’t Have Time to Read Books™️

Zibby is joined by Sunjeev Sahota to discuss his latest novel, China Room. Inspired by a family legend, Sunjeev wove together two different books he had been working on to tell distinct but intricately connected parallel stories. Sunjeev shares the winding journey he went on to write this book, what he thinks of the gendered power dynamics that shape the story, and how dads also don't have time to read.Purchase on Amazon or Bookshop.Amazon: https://amzn.to/2TmvmXlBookshop: https://bit.ly/3qCMlkq See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.


13 Jul 2021

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Anna Kerrigan, events testing, Sunjeev Sahota

Front Row

A mother and father struggling to come to terms with their trans child are at the centre of Anna Kerrigan’s new film, Cowboys. She talks to Samira about creating a family drama set in the woodlands of Montana.After Liverpool took part in a Covid recovery pilot scheme testing live events over the weekend - including an open-air film screening, a comedy gig and a club night - we talk to the city's Director of Culture, Claire McColgan, about how the events went and what happens next.Sunjeev Sahota was shortlisted for the Booker Prize for his last book - The Runaways and his writing attracted praise from Salman Rushdie. He discusses his new novel, China Room, which tells a dark story from family legend about his great grandmother, and interweaves it with a modern day narrator who returns to his ancestral farm in Punjab to recover from heroin addiction and to escape racism in the UK. Main image: Sasha Knight as Joe (Left) and Steve Zahn as Troy in CowboysImage credit: Blue Finch Film ReleasingPresenter: Samira AhmedProducer: Jerome Weatherald


5 May 2021

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European Union Prize for Literature: Sunjeev Sahota, Evie Wyld and Catherine Taylor

London Review Bookshop Podcast

The European Union Prize for Literature aims to put the spotlight on the creativity and diverse wealth of Europe’s contemporary literature and to promote the circulation of literature beyond national and linguistic borders. To discuss the prize, the state of European literature and Britain's place in the post-Brexit international literary community, we welcomed two past winners: Sunjeev Sahota, who won in 2017 for his Man Booker shortlisted novel The Year of Runaways; and 2014 winner Evie Wyld, author of All the Birds, Singing. The discussion was chaired by critic and former EUPL jury member Catherine Taylor. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.


7 Oct 2020