This Stolen Life is on the Not The Booker longlist

Eeep! This Stolen Life (written as my alter ego Jeevani Charika) is on the longlist for the Not The Booker. Every year, alongside the Booker Prize, The Guardian newspaper runs a parallel competition, where the books are nominated by readers. It’s not so much a competition as a bit of fun and a chance to make some noise about your favourite books.

The longlist is whittled down to a shortlist by popular vote. So if you’ve read This Stolen Life, I’d love to have one of your two votes. Voting closes on the 5th of August, which is really very soon!

Here’s the link:

If not, I’d appreciate a review left on your favourite book shop/ ebook shop site.

Have a great weekend!


Cover Reveal: This Stolen Life

My alter ego Jeevani Charika has a book coming out on the 8th of May. It’s a story about motherhood, student life and the secrets we hide from the people we love. It will be published by Hera books.

Here’s the cover and the blurb. 🙂

Book cover for This Stolen Life by Jeevani Charika. Asian woman smiling with book title text.

Would you tell the truth, if it meant losing your one true love?

Soma is a shy young woman adrift in a strange new country. After moving from Sri Lanka to Yorkshire to become a nanny to baby Louis, Soma tries to settle into life in the U.K., even if every day presents her with a new challenge, from trying new food or getting to grips with the language. 

But the one thing Soma never counted on was falling in love. When she meets Sahan, a Sri Lankan student at the local university, the two feel an instant attraction. Meeting in secret so that Sahan can teach Soma English, their friendship quickly blooms into something more. But their differing backgrounds – Soma is from poverty, while Sahan is the son of a wealthy family and cousin to Soma’s employer – means they have to hide their love from the world. 

While they bare their souls to each other, Sahan has no idea that Soma is hiding a huge secret from him – but as her lies come crashing down, Soma is faced with an impossible choice. Should she tell the truth – even if means losing Sahan?

A moving, unique and utterly engrossing love story about how well we really know the person we fall in love with – fans of Amanda Prowse, Jojo Moyes and Diane Chamberlain will be captivated.

Preorder it now for 99p