Hema Macherla


Hema Macherla’s hugely popular debut novel was short-listed for Richard & Judy and has won much well-deserved recognition since it was published. It tells the story of Neela who arrives from a small village in India to an arranged marriage in the UK. Her hopes and excitement are cruelly crushed when she finds herself treated with contempt, cruelty and abuse by her husband and his family. The story-telling is gripping and plot-driven. The novel digs deep into the issues of arranged marriage but does so in a readable, personal way. Story-telling at its best.

A beautiful love story with a strong theme.
— Lesley Horton, crime writer

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About this book

Hema Macherla was born in the rural village of Atmakur, Andhrapradesh, India. She has published 25 short stories and a number of articles in Indian magazines. She lives with her husband in London and has two grown up children.

ISBN: 978-0-9559618-1-6
Published: November 2008


“What a wonderful novel. It is a beautiful love story with a strong theme. There are some beautiful descriptions and the characters are strong.”
— Lesley Horton, crime writer

“I really enjoyed reading Hema Macherla’s novel. There are plenty of twists and turns to keep the reader hooked.”
— Maggie Hamand, novelist

“Hema Macherla is a talented writer, an observer of life and human relationships, culture and customs. As a poet, writer, novelist and critic, I believe it is one of the best novels I have ever read.”
— Y. Vidyasagar, poet & writer

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