By Balraj Khanna
Published by HopeRoad Publishing
When Ravi Kumar Mehra MA steps off the train at Victoria station, the autumn of 1962, he is fully equipped with the all-important work permit and a couple of pounds in his pocket. A brave new life lies ahead! But the Mother Country is a hostile place.
Balraj Khanna was born in India, and came to London in the Swinging Sixties to study English. Instead, he took to art His enduring love of literature culminated in four works of fiction, of which the award-winning Nation of Fools was awarded the Winifred Holtby Prize.
â€˜I am absolutely bowled over by this novelâ€¦ Balraj Khanna has written a novel that is funny, beautiful and heartrending. Khanna delivers with the wisdom of a Naipaul, the dexterity of Vikram Seth and the honesty and observation of Zadie Smith.â€™ [Paul Pickering, novelist]
â€˜The young Mehra's story reminds one of Tom Jones and Lucky Jim. Brilliant!â€™ [Reginald Massey, critic and author]
â€˜A thoroughly recommended read.â€™ [Jim Bidwell]
Enthralling novel! Superb...a must read!
It deserves to be the winner. It is a fresh take on the Swinging Sixties.
Extremely funny, superb summer read !