Debut Novel at 71
Local writer Robin Young has just had his first novel published at the age of 71. Writing under the pen name R H Young, the author from Crowhurst has been writing in various formats for several years. His book was published on 30th September and on 14th October he gave a reading at Printed Matter Bookshop in Queen’s Road, Hastings.
Young told HIP that Dhanmondi Road is the first published novel set in Bangladesh to have been written by a non-Bangladeshi writer. Set in 1973, during post- Bangladesh War of Independence chaos, a young Australian, Gareth McKinley, arrives in the country to work on a project set up to care for destitute children. He quickly learns that living and working in this post-Liberation War environment can be dangerous.
Young’s synopsis states: ‘A crisis emerges when some children involved in the project cannot be accounted for. Does the explanation lie in a mysterious letter that seems to have been sent from Dubai? Dhanmondi Road sensitively captures the atmosphere of a country in turmoil and charts Gareth’s progress towards increasing self-knowledge and self-awareness in ways he could never have foreseen.’
• Dhanmondi Road is published by Austin Macauley Publishers and is available at Printed Matter (Please support our local independent bookshops)
or through Waterstones and Amazon.
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