Flowers for the Bees
Paul Haston's latest book for adults, is a tale of lost love set against the bloody backdrop of Indian independence from Britain in 1947.
Kuljit buries her infant daughter in the Ganges mud flats, hoping that the stain of the murder can be removed, whilst a few miles away (although it may as well be a thousand) Gwendolen makes love to her upper-class fool of a husband, the British Consul, all the time thinking of the Indian maid with the tiger claw mark on her neck. Little do both women know - across the cultural divide - that life is about to take a significant turn for the worse.
Long listed for the 2016 Exeter Novel Prize.
Rising of a Dead Moon
Paul Haston's critically acclaimed novel is based on a true story: the shipment of indentured Indian 'coolies' recruited by white colonials to work in slavery on the sugar plantations in 1870's Natal.
Usha, an Indian girl, is named after the Hindu deity, the goddess of dawn, but believes her real name is Nakti, or night, for her life is filled with sadness. Forced into an arranged marriage and subsequently widowed, she faces a life of eternal penance, praying for a miracle that she may find the father who has abandoned her.