Books Of The Week - Saturday 2nd December 2023

Prophet Song 
by - Paul Lynch 

About the Book
On a dark, wet evening in Dublin, scientist and mother-of-four Eilish Stack answers her front door to find the GNSB on her step. Two officers from Ireland’s newly formed secret police are here to interrogate her husband, a trade unionist.
Ireland is falling apart. The country is in the grip of a government turning towards tyranny and when her husband disappears, Eilish finds herself caught within the nightmare logic of a society that is quickly unravelling.
How far will she go to save her family? And what – or who – is she willing to leave behind?
Exhilarating, terrifying and propulsive, Prophet Song is a work of breathtaking originality, offering a devastating vision of a country at war and a deeply human portrait of a mother’s fight to hold her family together.

About the Author
Paul Lynch is the award-winning author of the novels Beyond the Sea, Grace, The Black Snow and Red Sky in Morning. He has won the Kerry Group Irish Novel of the Year and France’s Prix Libr’à Nous for Best Foreign Novel, among other prizes. His books have been shortlisted for numerous international awards, including France’s Prix Jean Monnet for European Literature, Prix du Meilleur Livre Étranger, Prix Littérature Monde and the Walter Scott Prize. He lives in Dublin.
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Books Of The Week - Saturday 25th November 2023

India and the Future of G20 : Shaping Policies for a Better World Hardcover – 18 November 2023
by - Iqbal Singh Sevea. Amitendu Palit & Vinod Rai 

About the Book
As the G20, the world's largest economic and strategic grouping, addresses issues such as climate change that are of immediate concern, this book provides insights on India's presidency and its potential to deliver sustainable solutions in a fractured world order. Visionary contributions from G20 member Sherpas, including Argentina, Indonesia, Mexico, Singapore and the UAE, provide depth to the discourse.
The book showcases a diverse array of perspectives from distinguished scholars and policy practitioners. The contributors focus on key themes such as the digital economy, resilient supply chains, environmental standards, climate finance, gender empowerment, the future of multilateralism and the role of the Global South, offering a comprehensive examination of the G20's impact on the world stage.
Skilfully curated by noted experts Iqbal Sevea, Dr Amitendu Palit and Vinod Rai, India and the Future of G20 is an invaluable reference for policymakers, strategic experts and the business community worldwide.

About the Author
Iqbal Singh Sevea is Director, Institute of South Asian Studies at the National University of Singapore. He is an internationally recognised scholar of contemporary and modern South Asia and his core research focuses on South Asian politics, social and political thought, and governance. Currently the vice president of the American Institute of Pakistan Studies, he has also served on the committee of the American Institute of Indian Studies. He is the author of The Political Philosophy of Muhammad Iqbal: Islam and Nationalism in Late Colonial India and Islamic Political Thought in Modern South Asia.
Dr Amitendu Palit is Senior Research Fellow and Research Lead (Trade and Economics) at the Institute of South Asian Studies at the National University of Singapore. He is an economist specialising in international trade and investment policies, FTAs, supply chains, connectivity, cross-border data flows and the Indian economy. He has edited and authored several books, including Globalisation Impacts: Countries, Institutions and COVID19 (editor) and China India Economics: Challenges, Competition and Collaboration.
Vinod Rai is presently a Distinguished Visiting Research Fellow at the Institute of South Asian Studies in the National University of Singapore. Starting his career in the Indian Administrative Service in 1972, Rai rose to become the 11th Comptroller and Auditor General of India in 2008. He demitted office in May 2013. In 2016 Rai was appointed the first chairman of the newly created Banks Board Bureau, Government of India. He is the author of Not Just an Accountant: The Diary of the Nation's Conscience Keeper, Rethinking Good Governance: Holding to Account India's Public Institutions and Not Just a Nightwatchman: My Innings in the BCCI. Rai was awarded the Padma Bhushan in 2016.