DeepaAnappara c. Liz Seabrook

Novel Writers: Deepa Anappara

Djinn Patrol on the Purple Line

Novel Writers/
Thu 27 February 2020

Novel Writers: Deepa Anappara

Djinn Patrol on the Purple Line

DeepaAnappara c. Liz Seabrook
Thu 27 February 2020,

In the Novel Writers series, we invite debut novelists to read from and talk about their work in an informal setting. Topics of discussion include theme, structure, inspiration and the craft of writing. These sessions are a great way to discover new writing talent and great books.

This month, Deepa Anappara talks about her novel Djinn Patrol on the Purple Line.

In a basti on the outskirts of a sprawling Indian city, nine-year-old Jai watches too many reality cop shows in the house he shares with his family. Jai thinks he’s smarter than his friend Pari (even though she always gets top marks) and considers himself to be a better boss than his hardworking friend Faiz (even though he has a job).

When their classmate from school goes missing, the Djinn Patrol ventures out, wielding their detective skills into the bustling city to investigate; through the rattle-tattle energy and mouth-watering smells of the bazaar, to the dangerous rubbish ground and as far as the railway station at the end of the Purple Line. But children continue to vanish, and the trio must confront terrified parents, an unsympathetic police force and soul-snatching djinns in order to uncover the truth.

As the disappearances edge ever closer to home, the lives of Jai and his friends will be altered forever. Djinn Patrol on the Purple Line is a boisterous, fresh, vibrant debut, inspired by real-life journalism, from an incredible new talent.

Image credit Liz Seabrook

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