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JAKARTA TAILS: The Continuing Adventures of Soyabean and Tofu


Nominated | Book Awards 2021 | Creative Writing in English (Fiction & Poetry)

JAKARTA TAILS: The Continuing Adventures of Soyabean and Tofu

Author: Pallavi Aiyar

Award Category: Creative Writing in English (Fiction & Poetry)
About the Book: 

My favourite globetrotting cats, Tofu and Soybean, are back in another glorious rumpus-bumpus, this time in Indonesia. Pallai Aiyar's series continues to delight, as the fabulous felines brave fake news factories and catnappings, and make a most surprising friend. -- Nilanjana Roy

Soyabean and Tofu, two alley cats from Beijing, have recently moved to Jakarta with Mr and Mrs A, their human family. Just as they are settling into a tropical idyll of frangipani trees and long snoozes, strange goings on in the neighbourhood have them on alert. A rat is skulking about in the garden, a mysterious neighbour is making life difficult for everyone and the family's beloved driver is attacked by a vicious mob. Separately, Mrs A, a journalist, is fast discovering that under Indonesia's surface calm, communal tensions are rife. As events snowball, the cats find themselves unwittingly sucked into a fake news network whose aim is to upset the country's fragile religious harmony. A cat's-eye view of human foibles, Pallavi Aiyar's new novel is a humorous and poignant snap-shot of contemporary Indonesia, that will resonate with anyone who has loved a pet.

About the Author: 

Award-winning journalist Pallavi Aiyar has spent several years reporting from, and parenting in, China, Europe and Indonesia. She is the author of Smoke and Mirrors, Chinese Whiskers and Punjabi Parmesan. Pallavi is a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader, and a former Reuters Fellow at Oxford University.

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