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Invisible Threads: Women in India

Writer, broadcaster and practising psychotherapist Lucy Beresford will discuss her recently published novel Invisible Threads, a moving tale about women in India.

Beresford first went to India in the 1990s as an investment banker and met a collection of people, including former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Bollywood stars. She later retrained as a therapist and did her first clinical sabbatical with the Delhi Psychiatry Clinic, where she worked with women living in a slum cluster. There she found women striving for a better life, some coming from particularly desperate backgrounds: women who had been sold, women who had escaped violent fathers or husbands, and women who had been beaten or attacked.

Invisible Threads, while fictional, features elements of her experiences in India. It follows the story of Sara, a therapist, who always thought her husband Mike had died in Afghanistan, but learns he was actually killed in India, which leads her to a clinic in New Delhi. Once in India Sara is dazzled by the country’s culture and its people. At the clinic, she grows close both to her patient Pritti and a bewitching, low-caste driver named Hemant. Yet Sara finds herself increasingly appalled at the treatment of women in this country of old traditions and new opportunities, where so much remains shocking or forbidden. As Sara inches towards the truth about Mike’s death and their marriage, and becomes entangled in the dark side of Delhi, she is thrust into a terrifying reality of India few Westerners ever see.

The book was shortlisted in the fiction category for the 2015 Rubery Book Award.

‘Beresford’s novel is both enjoyable and eye-opening, alluring… it is a call to respect the ties that bind us all’ – Emily Rhodes, The Spectator. Click here to read the full review. 

‘Beresford tells a taut, complex story, no less compelling for its compassion. Readers looking for a well-written psy-chological thriller could turn to Invisible Threads and not be disappointed, but this is a much more ambitious novel than that. Invisible Threads is du Maurier-esque at best; Beresford rarely sets a foot wrong’ – Katie Welsh, Literary Review

‘Powerful stuff, powerful book’ – Nihal Arthanyake, BBC Asian Network

Lucy Beresford hosts a weekly Agony Aunt show on LBC and her writing has appeared in the Evening Standard, The Independent, The Spectator, The Times, and The Telegraph (Calcutta) and The Straits Times in Asia, to name just a few publications. She has appeared on ITV’s Good Morning Britain, BBC2’s Daily Politics, BBC Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour and regularly reviews the papers on Sky News. She is currently in discussion with a number of production companies to make a TV documentary about India, women’s rights and the life of women.

Lucy will be in conversation with Bidisha, a British writer and BBC broadcaster specialising in human rights, international affairs and the arts and culture.

Join Lucy and Bidisha for an illuminating discussion followed by a drinks reception and book signing.

To read an exclusive interview that Lucy Beresford has given Asia House in which she talks about the book click here.


October 6, 2015
18:45 - 20:00
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