A surprisingly witty and wry book, which is laugh out loud funny mixed with an urgent sense of drama. A staggering first novel which is a definite must read.
SARAH BROADHURST, ONES TO WATCH
This is fascinating. Centred on a Cambridge charity shop supporting an Indian village, it unfolds slowly in slices of the volunteers’ lives, using delightful caricatures that build to reveal a plot. However, it’s their philosophy, hopes and acceptance of life that really shine through this quietly hypnotic novel, very much another in The Number 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency territory.
LESLEY MASON, THE BOOKBAG
Balsari has an eye and an ear for detail which lifts the telling above the mediocre and makes The Cambridge Curry Club a surprisingly enticing read. She rations her characterisation in a way that keeps you reading not so much to find out what will happen, but to find out who this person is, and whether you will like them.
The Cambridge Curry Club unravels like a puzzle, following a leisurely pace … there are many comic and poignant moments in this tale.
Balsari shows a remarkable breadth and depth in her treasure trove of storylines to leave you satiated.
Hot Topic. There is an easy route to seeing your novel in print, but once bitten twice published Saumya Balsari took the other one.
A delightfully witty account of life around a charity shop in Mill Road, Cambridge.
I can’t remember the last time a book made me chuckle so much.
Don’t miss because … it’s not about curry, but it is about Cambridge.
Curry Club will keep you laughing.
Delightfully witty debut … will have you chuckling till the end.