Cambridge Curry Club, The
The novel was inspired by Balsari's brief stint at a charity shop on colourful and historic Mill Road in Cambridge, a city usually defined by its colleges. It is a comic story about ordinary people and what happens in their lives when they both lose and take control. The bumbling heroines are three gossipy volunteers of Indian origin and a reticent Irishwoman working in the fictitious IndiaNeed charity shop. Eccentric customers, lovers and husbands stream through its doors.
Won the first ever Cambridgeshire Book of the Decade Award in 2012
Alexander McCall-Smith has compared Balsari to Booker Prize winners Arundhati Roy and Kiran Desai
Author of the Month for June/July 2013 by Cambridgeshire Libraries
'A surprisingly witty and wry book, which is laugh out loud funny mixed with an urgent sense of drama. A staggering first novel which is a definite must read' Waterstones
'Beautifull observed...warm and poignant...a delightful debut novel' Meera Syal
'This is fascinating...very much another in The Number 1 Ladies' Detective Agency territory' Sarah Broadhurst, Ones to Watch, The Bookseller