02 December, 2020

Bibliofile

Cold feet cost Random House India one of their biggest titles of the year. Find out why Rupa is gutsier than Penguin and why you should never buy a pirated book

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Picador’s Kill
Cold feet cost Random House India one of their biggest titles of the year. One of the most talked-about MS in recent times (and not just because of the author’s lineage—son of Indian columnist Tavleen Singh and Pakistan’s governor of Punjab, Salman Taseer), young journalist-writer Aatish Taseer’s Stranger to History: A Son’s Journey Through Islamic Lands was fiercely fought for. In India it was grabbed by Random House. But weeks before the book was to go to press, the publisher and author parted ways. Reason: the publisher was afraid of being sued for libel by Aatish’s powerful father. Other publishers weren’t so faint-hearted: around four got into the bidding war, and the MS went to a delighted Picador.


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