James Tait Black Memorial Prize for Fiction Best Book (nominee)
It's midnight in Glasgow as DJ Zaf presents Radio Chandni s last ever programme. The playlist features songs from the soundtracks of romantic old Indian films, Beatles' and Stranglers' classics and the music of Kula Shaker and ADF. As his broadcast goes out, Zaf s thoughts and memories unfold a battered black Ford Popular car toiling its way from Lahore to Britain; a shiny blue Kawasaki motorbike flashing through the Scottish countryside; an ex-lover who blames him for all the c**p in her life; a mother who abandons all that is safe and familiar to be with the man she loves; a father who doesn t recognise his son; the once-exotic sight of a sari swishing along the cold wet streets of Govan; a culture defined by something as banal as plastic hankie-box holders decorated with roses; a copper mirror in a singing cave. . . Spanning generations, continents and cultures, Psychoraag will take you on a whirlwind journey into a cosmic world where the real and the surreal dissolve and the past and the present segue into each other.
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Used availability for Suhayl Saadi's Psychoraag
February 2004 : UK Hardback
September 2005 : UK Paperback