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The phenomenal Indian best seller. 

Winner of the Tata Lit Live Best First Book of the Year Award

In the feverish tropics of the Andaman Islands, a young Botanist tends to a fragile rose he has imported to welcome his bride. Hoping their marriage will bloom in this strange life, hundreds of miles from the East Coast of India, he is entranced by Chanda Devi's fierce nature and unusual gifts; speaking to trees and the ghosts of former colonialists. These islands, she tells her adoring husband, rest on a fault line, cracked so deep into the earth that spirits cross the boundary freely. But it is not this fracture that takes a tragic bite out of their happiness.

With the family riven by heartbreak, their Maid takes the chance to resolve her own past mistakes. Having abandoned her son many years before, she now traces him to Myanmar, only to find him in prison - the enemy of a brutal regime. The fault line she followed over the Indian Ocean now cuts north into Nepal, where the prisoner's ally, an itinerant drug dealer, tries to rescue a young woman from the dancing bars of Kathmandu. 

It shadows his footsteps into the Karakoram mountains, where a Scientist looks deep into the abyss between India and Pakistan. It rises all the way to the snow deserts, beyond the reach of nation or war, where an elder of the village waits for the return of his true love, bringing all their journeys full circle.

A breathtaking epic, Latitudes of Longing possesses the listener with a blazing sense of wonder. Shubhangi Swarup's vision goes deeper than the human stories of the subcontinent to reveal the conscious history of the earth itself. Tender in every detail, touched with humour and profound, this is a novel brimming with life, an original masterpiece.

©2020 Shubhangi Swarup (P)2020 Quercus Editions Limited

Critic Reviews

"Intense, lyrical, and powerful. This is a remarkable debut." (Jeet Thayil, author of Narcopolis and The Book of Chocolate Saints)

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Just loved the book

Was interesting from first minute to the last. The narrator has wonderful voice modulation. Amazing

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An absolute wonder!

Magical story. Perfect narration. Absolutely recommended. Will try out more audio books for sure.

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4 beautiful stories, interwoven with nature

what a beautiful book! It starts with a young couple in Andaman (my favourite segment), moves to Burma, Nepal and then to a beautiful place in the Himalayas. all segments are interwoven and you already know the characters before their story starts, keeping you invested all across. the author has harmoniously woven nature and it's ecosystem in the stories. she has written each sentence with such beauty that you are left heaving and mesmerized. and this in her debut novel! the vocal performance was also artistic, with the narrator tactfully modulating his voice to weave into the situation. overall I enjoyed it and would highly recommend it if you are eager for something which connects to nature.