Leela's new blog

My novel “Only a Signal Shown” has just been uploaded onto Smashwords, and will also be available on several other international ebook sites. There’s an interview you can see here:

Smashwords Interview: https://www.smashwords.com/interview/LeelaDutt
Smashwords profile page:
https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/LeelaDutt

Only a Signal Shown

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Paperback version

If you want to buy the paperback version of “Only a Signal Shown” go straight to the publisher

www.feedaread.com/search/books.aspx?keywords=Leela%20Dutt  where you can get it for £7.50.  I saw Amazon selling it for nearly £30 last week!

Meanwhile, have another look at Reuben’s film about my books:Only a Signal Shown

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OebH01R2_Nc&sns=em

I’ve just uploaded “Only a Signal Shown” onto Smashwords, an American ebook site which will sell it cheaply. You can find it at https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/402927  Let me know if you buy it there!Only_a_signal_shown_revised

Rubik’s Cube

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OebH01R2_Nc&sns=em

I have now uploaded three of my books on askDavid.com, but wasn’t able to put Rubik’s Cube there because it doesn’t appear on Amazon.com. The tags for this novel are: Love Story, Cold War, Quakers, Cruise Missiles, Retinitis Pigmentosa, Malnutrition, Cardiff, Children playing, Peace Camp, Single Parent, Quaker Wedding, American Forces

Remember those infamous Cruise missiles at Greenham Common in the depths of the Cold War? In this novel they’ve been moved to an American base just north of Cardiff. The story focuses on some ordinary Quakers in this university city, who care not only that the world may be destroyed in an instant, as we all feared back then, but also about personal issues: the old man next door who won’t eat and is dying of malnutrition, a budding love affair with a man threatened with blindness, neighbours who persecute children playing ball in the street, how to cope with difficult teenagers. A Peace Camp is set up near the missiles, and some of the Quakers get to know the American commander as well as listening to the Soviet ambassador.

Originally short-listed by the Welsh Arts Council, this novel has been loved and read as many as seven times by some particular individuals. It was inspired by the sense that there are always several different strands to life that have to be dealt with at the same time, like the squares on a Rubik’s cube. Much of it is based on real events – the neighbours in particular, and the children; but some research was also involved, especially into retinitis pigmentosa, which causes blindness. The story will appeal to anyone interested in ordinary people and their everyday problems and joys – but don’t feel you have to read it seven times!

Like my other novels, this book is available on http://www.wonderbookland.com/leela-duttcoverRubikscube

£0.99 this week!

Only a Signal Shown is available on kindle this week for only £0.99

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OebH01R2_Nc&sns=em

Mari Williams

Very much enjoyed talking to Mari Williams the other day about her cycling round the world – she’s now our Labour candidate for Cardiff North. I’ve just seen my piece about her in Rhiwbina Living http://livingmags.co.uk/mari-williams-around-the-world-on-my-bike/ Fascinating!

Copenhagen Post

Just had this review which is going into the Copenhagen Post:

The book Only a Signal Shown was written by Cardiff based Danish-Indian author Leela Dutt and tells the story of travel writer and artist Eleanor as she traverses the world, while occasionally having a desperate on-again, off-again love affair with TV archaeologist Alec. The two have occasional meetings over the course of several decades with plenty of heartbreak and confusion.

Spatially the story moves all over the world, with scenes taking place in countries as different as Iceland and India, and a scene in eighties Copenhagen illustrated a very much forgotten time of a Raadhuspladsen that is not a construction site. This globetrotting does provide the book with a neat hook as a story emerged in the field of globalisation literature, even though at times the lack of any sort of stable ‘home’ place gives the reader his own diaspora to contend with.

The book´s strong suit dealt with the coming of age elements of the protagonist Eleanor. The bildungsroman traits are what kept me most interested in the story, which makes the earlier part of it the most interesting and riveting to read…

The book…  shouldn’t be written off by those that enjoy a simple love story, it is fine as such and can well fend for itself on shelves next to Nora Roberts and others who specialise in the field of love affairs and middle aged women.  So if you want your literature easy, lovely and you enjoy books about travel then this is the book for you.

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