an evening with preti taneja

Wednesday 13 February 2019, 7.30 pm 
£12 / £10 students
Stapleford Granary, Bury Road, Stapleford, Cambridge CB22 5BP
CAMcard holders can book at the student price. Please bring proof of status to the event.


An unforgettable evening with brilliant young novelist, Preti Taneja. Bookings now open.


We That Are Young

Preti Taneja is the author of We That Are Young, a powerful retelling of Shakespeare’s King Lear, set in modern India. Winner of the prestigious Desmond Elliot Prize 2018, the book explores power, money and social injustice in the corporate world of New Delhi and the painful legacies of partition in Kashmir.

Preti will read from this fascinating book and talk about her ideas. There will be a chance for audience members to ask questions and get copies of the novel signed.

Photo: Preti Taneja by Louise Haywood Shiefer

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 Jane Wallace writes:

‘As if reworking Shakespeare’s King Lear weren’t enough of a challenge, author Preti Taneja also tasks herself with turning the epic power-struggle into a call to arms for social change. Set between the murky corporate world of New Delhi and its interests in Srinagar, Kashmir, We That are Young is both a criticism of today’s consumer culture and an appeal to those who will inherit it.

The story begins with Jivan Singh returning to India from America where he has lived for the past 15 years, although not by choice. Being illegitimate, he (and his mother) were an embarrassment to his father and were forced to live abroad. Now his mother is dead, Jivan plans to start a new life in New Delhi. He hopes his father can find him a place in the Company, where he works as the second-in-command to its billionaire owner and founder, ‘Bapuji’ Devraj.’

From Jane Wallace, review in the Asian Review of Books.

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Podcast of Preti Taneja on BBC3, talking about Shakespeare and contemporary India. First broadcast in 2016.

Eugenia Williamson review in the Boston Globe.
Karthik Shankar review in The Hindu.
Deborah Smith review in the Guardian.

Banner image: Charu Chaturvedi, Unsplash.