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The Bandit Queens

By: Parini Shroff
Narrated by: Shazia Nicholls
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Summary

In rural India, an isolated woman falsely accused of killing her vanished husband becomes an unwilling consultant to other aspiring widows.

In rural India, Geeta is believed to have killed her vanished husband—but she hasn't wasted too much time trying to correct the record, because as a single woman her new reputation has been the one thing keeping her safe all these years. Still, she's paid a price. She's an outcast in her town, estranged from her childhood best friend, Saloni, and from the rest of the women in her microloan group. But that all changes when another member of the group approaches Geeta with a problem of her own. Farah's husband, Samir, is an abusive drunk and she's ready to be rid of him, so she asks Geeta for help, appealing to her expertise. Not wanting to reveal the truth, Geeta reluctantly agrees, but this one small murderous favour sets in motion a chain of events that will change everything—and not just for Geeta, but for Saloni, and Farah, and all the women in their village.

In darkly irreverent and fresh prose, this unforgettable feminist revenge thriller acknowledges the unfortunate status quo for women everywhere, and shows that female connections and friendships are what will carry us through the darkness and absurdity of life.

©2023 Parini Shroff (P)2023 W. F. Howes Ltd

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I will be recommending this to everyone

made me laugh a lot , also surprised angered and educated me too .Great story of sisterhood .I will recommend this to everyone

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Loved this, a real cultural eye opener

Great story
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Hated that everything was neatly tied up at the end, too simple. Could have been deeper to make it better.
Overall a fun listen

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  • KT
  • 07-05-24

Challenging topics woven into an enjoyable story

Rural India - not the easiest place to be a woman, but in this book we meet a group of women who tackle these inequalities in their own novel way. There is in turn shock at some of the hardships women face in these areas, including issues with castes and differences in religion, and joy at the dark humour the author uses to keep the story rolling and enjoyable to read. I thoroughly enjoyed the book and will be looking for further reading around Phoolan who sounds an amazing woman!

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Beautifully written, deeply intriguing story.

I loved listening to this book. The narrator was a good choice, and I found them very easy to listen to. The writing was elegant and easy to listen to. There were parts which made me laugh out loud, and parts which had me absolutely gripped. I’d really recommend this book and can’t wait for another from the same author.

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I loved this!

Highly recommend this hilarious dark comedy with a true message about female solidarity and identity

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Serious themes.

The author has woven serious themes of caste, dowry, abusive relationships, alcohol, police bribery and poverty with a cast of larger than life characters and an almost farcical plot. I loved it and I went looking for more info on caste and on the real Bandit Queen.

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Pitch Black Comedy

Pitch black comedy about a group of avenging Sari wearing females.Took a while to get to grips with who was who but once the individual characters "clicks" it was a fun ride to the end although the AMAB (All men are bastards) plot - although most probable true(ish) for the country the novel was set in - became a bit wearisome if it hadn't had the (sarcastic) humour it would have been a very sour read indeed.

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Wonderful

Captivating and fun story reflecting on the importance of sisterhood. Really enjoyable and funny whilst also exploring important issues of domestic abuse, misogyny and social exclusion. I loved it.

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  • 14-01-24

Brilliant story and narration

Absolutely love this book. So much power and humour. Amazing characters. Timely reminders that not all women have the freedom to live their lives on their terms. And stunning narration.

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Amazing!

A book club pick, was very thought provoking, will definitely be reading more from this author. Absolutely loved it!

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