Books that made the Coronavirus year —Part IV!


Peter Hessler’s Country Driving: A Chinese Road Trip & Oracle Bones: A Journey through Time in China

Odd Arne Westad’s Restless Empire: China and the World since 1750

Evan Osnos’ Age of Ambition: Chasing Fortune, Truth and Faith in the New China

Nature writing

Hugh Allen’s The Lonely Tiger

Peter Wohlleben’s The Hidden Life of Trees: What They Feel, How They Communicate — Discoveries from a Secret World

Helen MacDonald’s H is for Hawk

Valmik Thapar’s Tiger Fire: 500 years of the Tiger in India

Marcus Baynes-Rock’s Among the Bone Eaters: Encounters with Hyenas in Harar


H.D. Sankalia’s Ramayana: Myth or Reality

Ira Mukhoty’s Daughters of the Sun: Empresses, Queens and Begums of the Mughal Empire

Raja Balwant Singh of Jasrota viewing a painting at his court, with Nainsukh the painter bowing behind him. A rare work in Indian art traditions, where both the painter and the patron are in the same frame.

B.N. Goswamy’s The Spirit of Indian Painting: Close Encounters with 101 Great Works 1100–1900


Marlon James’ The Book of Night Women

Viet Thanh Nguyen’s The Sympathizer

Jorge Luis Borges’ The Book of Imaginary Beings

Crime Fiction

Japanese crime writing

Bhaskar Chattopadhyay’s Janardan Maity novels

Richard Osman’s The Thursday Murder Club

Nepali writing

Parijat’s Shirish ko Phool

B.P. Koirala’s Doshi Chashma

Axel Michaels’ Siva in Trouble: Festivals and Rituals at the Pashupatinatha temple of Deopatan

The Tharu Barka Naach: A rural folk art version of the Mahabharata, as told by the Dangaura Tharu of Jalaura, Dang valley, Nepal



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Amish Raj Mulmi

Amish Raj Mulmi


Consulting Editor @ Writers' Side Literary Agency. Writes mostly on books & publishing, and Nepali history. More at