Deepa Anappara's debut novel is 'one of the hottest titles' this year
By Barfi Culture Team
14th October 2018

Student and writer Deepa Anappara was on her way to Frankfurt when she got the news.

Five big companies had competed to buy the rights for her debut novel, which will soon be published by Random House in the UK, US and in India.

Deepa is still a PhD student at University of East Anglia, but her book was "one of the hottest titles" at the Frankfurt Book Fair this year, according to The Bookseller.

The novel, titled Djinn Patrol on the Purple Line, is about a ten-year-old boy's attempts to find the children disappearing from his neighbourhood. The book is set in a slum settlement in a fictional Indian city.

It is loosely based on real events that took place on the outskirts of Delhi, where over thirty children went missing between 2003 and 2006. The police did not act on the repeated complaints of parents and ignored them because they did not have money or political power.

Ultimately, the police intervened only when the parents dug up the remains of their lost children from a sewer in their neighbourhood.

Deepa Anappara previously worked as a journalist and editor in India. She won the Deborah Rogers award for the book in May and has also won other awards for fictional writing, including the Dastaan Award and Asian Writer Short Story Prize.

The novel has been jointly acquired by Penguin Random House India, Chatto & Windus (Random House) for the UK and Commonwealth rights. Random House also bought the US rights.

The book will be published in 2020.

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