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Polite Society

Mahesh Rao

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Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

A brilliant, witty observational novel of match-making and mischief, set in contemporary Delhi. For any fans of Jane Austen's EMMA or Kevin Kwan's CRAZY RICH ASIANS

'Is it possible to marry a book? Because POLITE SOCIETY is so funny, smart, sophisticated, and captivating, you just want to spend your whole life with it. It was love at first sight from the very first page' Kevin Kwan, author of CRAZY RICH ASIANS

Ania Khurana is beautiful, clever and in need of entertainment. She's wrapped Delhi society around her little finger, and now her creativity requires a new vista. Then she finds love for her spinster aunt, rescuing her from a life watching Masterchef.

Hugely satisfied with her first success as a matchmaker, Ania selects her friend Dimple for her next quest. But good intentions can go awry, and when a handsome suitor arrives from America, Ania discovers that when you aim to please the human heart, things seldom go to plan.


'Witty, smart, compelling' Kamila Shamsie, author of HOME FIRE

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Praise for Polite Society

  • With biting wit, this send-up of high society deflates social strata while bringing tenderness and romance to its comedy of manners - Esquire: Best Books of Summer 2019

  • A witty, perfectly observed take on India's elite and the rarely smooth path to finding true love - Heat magazine

  • A deep and utter treat: a sly, witty Delhi reinvention of Emma. Rao writes like Vikram Seth's naughty younger brother and I want to have cocktails and gossip with him at once - Patrick Gale

  • Witty, smart, compelling - Kamila Shamsie

  • The only way to write an Austentatious novel - Financial Times

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Mahesh Rao

Mahesh Rao is the author of The Smoke is Rising, which won the Tata First Book Award for fiction and was shortlisted for the Shakti Bhatt First Book Prize and the Crossword Award. One Point Two Billion, his second book, is a critically acclaimed collection of short stories. He lives most of the year in Mysore, India.

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