Editors' Desks · Inside HarperCollins India

Staff Picks: The Best of Books, Film & TV

Staff Picks: The Best of Books, Film & TV

‘Catching up on the Angry Young Man British films of the 1960s – films like Look Back in Anger, This Sporting Life, Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner – such extraordinary encapsulation of an era and an ethos. And so different from the Indian Angry Young Man films!’ – Shantanu Ray Chaudhuri, executive editor

The Last Days of New Paris by China Miéville won’t disappoint those who have read his previous works. As for those yet to find giant squids, beetle-headed women and floating icebergs in their bookshelves, this title is a taste of weird fiction woven in rich prose. Look – it’s about surrealist artists fighting Nazis. You know you want to read it.’ – Prerna Gill, copy editor

‘I recently finished reading Padma Lakshmi’s wonderful memoir, Love, Loss, and What We Ate. It’s about food and family, love and loss, survival and triumph. Besides being a light read, it gives you wonderful recipes too.’ – Sunayna Saraswat, copy editor

‘After spending a summer month in New York with my wife, I’m now finishing the last few pages of Confessions of a New York Taxi Driver by Eugene Salomon. Salomon is full of interesting anecdotes, accumulated over forty years and told breezily. My favourite is the one about a husband and wife in their seventies who are revisiting New York after almost half a century. They ask Salomon to drive them to all the places they have fond memories of, but are heartbroken to find that none of them exist any more. So they create a new memory by making out in the back seat of his cab as he drives through Central Park. Moral of the story (mine, not Salomon’s): Keep making lots of happy memories with your loved one to replace those you may have to let go.’ – Siddhesh Inamdar, commissioning editor

‘I think everyone should read Sex Object by Jessica Valenti. It’s a profoundly personal memoir, and yet I found myself identifying with almost every tale she recounted and every idea she espoused. I think all women will see a bit of themselves in the book – and for this reason I think all men should read it.’ – Manasi Subramaniam, commissioning editor and rights manager jessica_valenti-620x412.jpg

‘Last week I saw a Spanish psychological thriller titled Sleep Tight. If you live in a building with a concierge, you may want to skip it. The character in this movie lacks the ability to feel happiness – you sympathize with him for the first fifteen minutes – and the only thing that keeps him going is making others miserable and how.’ – Shreya Punj, copy editor

‘I recently started watching The Night Of, a new mini-series by HBO. Armed with a terrific cast of characters, it’s a story about a man who believes that he has been wrongly convicted of a crime. It’s tense, well-written and has some superb performances.’ – Arcopol Chaudhuri, associate editor

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