Mama Tandoori
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Pub Date: 02/05/2019

Pages: 224

Trim: 5 x 8

Publisher: Scribe Publications Pty Ltd

Imprint: Scribe US

ISBN 13: 9781947534537

ISBN 10: 194753453X

Price: $15.95

Category: FICTION / Literary

Mama Tandoori

By Ernest van der Kwast, Laura Vroomen

Price: $15.95



About the Book

‘It wasn’t uncommon in my childhood for roti to be off the menu, because the rolling pin was broken again.’

Ernest van der Kwast’s childhood is peopled by an array of colourful characters: from his strait-laced Dutch father, to Bollywood star Uncle Sharma, to talented heptathlete Aunt Jasleen.

But it is his overbearing yet loving Indian mother who is at the beating heart of this big-hearted, hilarious family saga. Veena van der Kwast is a woman with an iron will, hilarious directness, and a talent for haggling. Armed with her trusty rolling pin, every man she meets is eventually beaten to submission — especially her husband and three sons.

Intriguing, surprising, and moving in equal measure, this novel inspired by a very unusual family will make you smile from beginning to end.

About the Book

‘The funniest and most moving book I have read this year.’
–Herman Koch

A big-hearted, hilarious family saga, featuring an overbearing yet loving Indian mother, a strait-laced Dutch father, an uncle who is a Bollywood star, and a talented heptathlete.


Ernest van der Kwast is a Dutch author born in Mumbai, India, in 1981. He made his debut in 2005 with the novel Sometimes Things Are Better When People Applaud. His breakthrough book is Mama Tandoori, which became a bestseller in the Netherlands and Italy upon publication, and has to date sold more than 100,000 copies. He lives in Rotterdam.Laura Vroomen was born in the Netherlands and now lives and works in London. She was educated at the University of Amsterdam and Warwick University, and spent several years teaching English literature and cultural studies before switching to translation.