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The Spy of Venice

Benet Brandreth
Bloomsbury, 2017, pp 434, Rs. 399
When he's caught out by one ill-advised seduction too many, young William Shakespeare flees Stratford to seek his fortune. Cast adrift in London, Will falls in with a band of players, and finds himself dispatched to Venice on a crucial embassy!

The Decline of Civilization

Ramin Jahanbegloo
Aleph, 2017, pp 139, Rs. 399
The Decline of Civilization shows that a healthy civilisation is one that is a 'shared human horizon' of empathy that avoids moral anarchy and relativism while acknowledging the plurality of modes of being human. It is a concept and a reality worth fighting for.

Frog Books, 2017, pp 396, Rs. 395
As children, we come across things that stay in our hearts forever. For Appu, it is a fairy tale about a beautiful princess. He lives with her in a world filled with the magical creatures from her kingdom until the real world beckons. A reluctant Appu steps into it as a striking young man and struggles to find his place.

The Fourth Sun Sign

Santanu Chaudhuri
Bloomsbury, 2017, pp 180, Rs. 350
Cancer, unlike many diseases, is not age related. It spares no one. The emotional state of mind when confronted with the disease is varied. This book is about the spiritual and psycho-social interactions between a renowned cancer specialist and some of his patients.

The Small Town Sea

Anees Salim
Penguin, 2017, pp 280, Rs. 599
Uprooted from a bustling city, the 13-year-old protagonist is replanted in his father's home town where he struggles to cope with his new life. He reluctantly makes friends with Bilal, a boy who lives in the orphanage run by the local mosque. Together, they embark on clandestine adventures.

Under The Skin Of The Indian Consumer
David Abikzir
Bloomsbury, 2017, pp 314, Rs. 499
With e-commerce, consumers have changed, evolved and mutated. Faced with these new behaviours, the book suggests that we need to evolve the way we do our marketing, our way of touching them, interesting them, shocking them, shoving them, but also of delighting them.

Age of Frenzy
Mahabaleshwar Sail, translated by Vidya Pai
Harper Collins, 2017, pp 320, Rs. 399
It's 1510. The Portuguese arrive in Goa armed with guns, swords and crucifixes to the agricultural village of Adolshi, where Hindus have been living peacefully. Land is seized, families broken. But Padre Simao Peres is convinced that love and not force will bring about a change of heart.

Broken Crayons Can Still Colour
Captain Rakesh Walia
Notion Press, 2017, pp 143, Rs. 199
Starting out life as a child labourer to reaching the hallowed annals of the Indian Army, and today, as the CAO of an international corporate, this book is an account of Captain Walia, who broke the shackles of his circumstances to be the maker of his own destiny.