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Six publishers bid for her book


Not too many authors can look back at publishers fighting over their debut novel, but that is just what happened with Shauna Singh Baldwin.

Her first foray into fiction, English Lessons and Other Stories, explored the lives of Indian women from the early years of the twentieth century to the present day. Critics raved over it and she picked up a few awards along the way. And agents lined up to ask if there was a novel to follow.

There was. What the Body Remembers had six publishers bidding for the rights at an auction.

The book was awarded the Commonwealth Writers’ prize and became a national best-seller.

Tiger’s Claw and We Are Not Pakistan reinforced her position on the literary landscape. Her last novel, The Selector of Souls, was one of the biggest Canadian novels in 2012.

Baldwin grapples with issues many people brush under the carpet – elder abuse, spousal abuse and female foeticide.

“The war against women is ongoing, one just can’t look the other way.”

Baldwin was born in Montreal and did her schooling in India before returning to do her MBA in Canada. She worked in an accounting firm, but her heart was in writing.

“What are you waiting for?” she asks aspiring writers. “You want to be a writer? Then write! Make the commitment.”

Posted: Sep 1, 2015

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