Profile : Sara Banerji
the Second World War Sara Banerji lived with her mother, brothers
and sister in Oxfordshire while her father fought in the war. After
the war she emigrated with her family to what was then Southern
Rhodesia where they lived out in the African Bush in a single mud
rondavel, with no electricity or running water.
met her husband in a coffee bar in Oxford when he was an undergraduate
at Christ Church. He was a customer and she a waitress. They spent
their child rearing years in the high hills of South India where
he was a tea planter and she painted in oils, rode as a jockey on
the flat, and wrote her first novel. They returned to England in
1973 with £5 each. Sara borrowed some money, bought ponies
in auctions and taught riding. Later she started a gardening business
Waiting Time is the eighth of Sara’s novels to be published.
Her first book was long listed for Man Booker prize and her last
published novel, Shining Hero won an Arts Council of England award.
and her husband now live in Oxford, where she teaches writing for
Oxford University’s Department for Further Education. She
also holds regular exhibitions of her painting and waste material
sculptures. She and her husband practice Transcendental Meditation
and yogic flying every day. They have three daughters and five grandchildren.
has given up on love in her middle age but is searching for a
vanished brother and a lost identity. In doing so, she collides
with Kitty, a woman of a different age, life-style and aspirations.
The proof of Julia’s identity lies somewhere under Kitty’s
home. The literal digging up of the past changes life for both
of them, though what they eventually find is very different to
their expectations. Ahead are surprises, conflict, terror, disappointment,
love – and unexpected happiness.
it is necessary for people to find the strength and courage to
dig deep into themselves and their past. Those who do so will
not always find what they expected and may even encounter disappointment
and sadness. For the brave and the clear sighted, though, such
fearless scrutiny can bring fulfilment, love and even happiness.
'Sara Banerji's view of the world is completely original and vivid...she
is always worth reading.'
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the time I reached the water, I could just make out Naomi waving.
I woke up in hospital. Apparently life savers had pulled me out
and saved my life. I was furious. And that was the start of them
poking around. This was a situation that Jack and I had not thought
of, that the time would come when other people would poke their
noses in, and prevent the surviving one from doing away with his
aloof and eighty years old, Lady Arabella Cunningham-Smythe wishes
she were dead. Then at least she could join her late husband as
they had planned so meticulously before he died.
a band of well meaning friends and relations are determined to
thwart her wishes. It is only when her beloved four year old granddaughter
Naomi - who has magical powers - is kidnapped that things change.
Lady Arabella must regain the will to live if she is to turn detective,
successfully outwit a mass murderer – and learn to master
her mobile phone.