Lucy Beresford discusses her book 'Invisible Threads' with Bidisha at Asia House

Oct 08, 2015, 08:27 AM

Writer, broadcaster and practising psychotherapist Lucy Beresford discusses her recently published novel 'Invisible Threads, a moving tale about women in India' with Bidisha, a British writer and BBC broadcaster specialising in human rights, international affairs and the arts and culture.

Invisible Threads, while fictional, features elements of her experiences in India. It follows the story of Sara, a therapist, who always thought her husband Mike had died in Afghanistan, but learns he was actually killed in India, which leads her to a clinic in New Delhi. Once in India Sara is dazzled by the country’s culture and its people. At the clinic, she grows close both to her patient Pritti and a bewitching, low-caste driver named Hemant. Yet Sara finds herself increasingly appalled at the treatment of women in this country of old traditions and new opportunities, where so much remains shocking or forbidden. As Sara inches towards the truth about Mike’s death and their marriage, and becomes entangled in the dark side of Delhi, she is thrust into a reality of India few Westerners ever see.

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