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Ice Candy Man

by Bapsi Sidhwa
£9.99   paperback  Daunt Books (2016)

Ice Candy Man by Bapsi Sidhwa Eight-year-old Lenny is crippled by polio but inquis­itive and spirited. She spends her days in the park with her beloved Ayah, surrounded by a plethora of other park-goers: there’s the Sikh zoo-keeper, the Pathan, strong Imman Din, and Ice-Candy Man, peddling popsicles and political unrest.
 
But as British rule in India draws to a close, whispers of Partition reach the affluent fringes of Lahore. Sectarian violence soon escalates and riots break out amongst the city’s once harmo­nious people. Amidst the chaos, Lenny’s Ayah is abducted and her idyll shatters. Her innocence, exuberant humour, and heart-wrenching insight lead us through these momentous events, revealing the fragile unity of a nation as it teeters on the cusp of historic change.

ISBN 13: 9781907970634 | ISBN 10: 1907970630

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