Philip Hensher

Scenes from Early Life


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Winner of the Royal Society of Literature Ondaatje Prize, this is the new novel from the author of `King of the Badgers’ and the Man Booker-shortlisted `The Northern Clemency’.

“I was a baby during the war. We stayed inside for months. All my aunts took turns in feeding me. I couldn’t be heard to cry. You see, there were soldiers in the streets. They would have known what a crying baby meant. So I had to be kept silent. No, not everyone came out of the war alive.”

One family’s life, and a nation – Bangladesh – are uniquely created through conversation, sacrifice, songs, bonds, blood, bravery and jokes. Narrated by a young boy born into a savage civil war, `Scenes from Early Life’ is a heartbreaking, funny and gripping novel by one of our finest writers.

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