World Book Day 2017: Shalini Srinivasan

We asked our authors to write about a well-loved book, which they think more people should read.
Shalini Srinivasan has written many comics and a few books. Her Duckbill book is Vanamala and the Cephalopod, which features a sister-selling protagonist, a cephalopod and many other sea creatures.

The protagonist Bilgewater (her real name is Marigold Green) of Jane Gardam’s Bilgewater is possibly my favourite fictional adolescent. She’s simultaneously very clever and incredibly bad at everyday life. I love Jane Gardam’s adult books because they are snide and black-humoured and sharp as hell. Bilgewater is all these things but flooded with extra vehemence and messy emotions. It’s ridiculous and absurd and intense (Pierrots! A boy named Terrapin! A smorgasbord of terrible parents!) but it feels true.

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